Hurley receives $50,000 for COVID-19 lab equipment

FLINT — Hurley received a grant of $50,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help purchase a laboratory analyzer. The award came from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, established by a coalition of philanthropic, government and business partners to quickly coordinate and deploy resources to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Flint area that are working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The analyzer will be used specifically to process COVID tests and handle the increased volume. It will be needed well beyond the current crisis as Hurley will have to do “surveillance” for up to two years post-pandemic.

“This grant will provide much-needed funds to Hurley during this time when hospital expenses have escalated due to increased drug costs, personal protection equipment, and preparedness to redesign the hospital’s physical spaces to accommodate new intensive care areas,” said Michael Burnett, President of the Hurley Foundation. — G.G.