As the number of coronavirus infections continues to climb across the country — particularly now in the South and West — the Trump administration is planning to end its funding and support for coronavirus testing sites at the end of the month.
A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson tells NBC News the federal government is instead “broadening its community testing support to a more sustainable model, specifically: continued support of retail and pharmacy partnerships in more than 600 locations and offering COVID-19 testing at over 1,300 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) nationally.”
The Trump administration initially planned to transition the so-called Community-Based Testing Sites program to local control back in April but extended the federal support after pushback from local lawmakers.
One source described that move as a “one-time only” extension.
As of Wednesday, there are 13 federally supported testing sites located in five states: Illinois and New Jersey each have two, Colorado and Pennsylvania each have one and Texas has seven.
Following the administration's announcement Wednesday, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called on the White House to extend support for testing in his state.
"It’s pretty clear to me, and I think it’s clear to all of us, that with the uptick of cases, now is not a time to retreat from our vigilance in testing," Cornyn said on a press conference call with reporters. “I believe that they need to extend that federal support in Texas, at least until we get this most recent uptick in cases addressed."