According to a release President Biden’s Administration is providing Arkansas hospitals with more than $9 million to support COVID-19 response efforts in rural areas.

The White House release stated the funding through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program will go to 35 small rural hospitals in Arkansas for COVID-19 testing and mitigation.

State Offices of Rural Health will receive the funding announced today to distribute to eligible small rural hospitals around their state.

Hospitals will use the funds to maintain or increase COVID-19 testing and expand access to testing for rural residents.