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As part of the Biden administration’s effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced this week that 51 small, rural Michigan hospitals will share more than $13.1 million to support coronavirus response efforts in their communities. The funds can be used for testing and mitigation services.
“The Biden administration recognizes the important role that small rural hospitals have in closing the equity gap and ensuring that rural Americans can protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Today’s funding will help small rural hospitals continue to serve their communities in this critical role by expanding their COVID-19 testing capacity and mitigation efforts.”
Small rural hospitals — those with fewer than 50 beds and critical access hospitals — are key health care access points and trusted community resources, Becerra said. Each hospital will receive $258,376. The list of Michigan hospitals has not been released.
“Our state-based SHIP grantees are important partners in helping to support small rural hospitals,” said HRSA acting administrator Diana Espinosa. “HRSA is committed to mitigating the spread of the virus in rural areas by supporting and empowering local providers to tailor their responses to COVID-19 to what works for their communities.”
As of Tuesday, Michigan had 896,717 cases and 19,832 deaths. Michigan is one of 47 states that has seen an increase in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, per the New York Times tracker.
Biden visited Traverse City and Central Lake earlier this month to tout his administration’s efforts to combat COVID. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Detroit on Monday and urged city residents to get vaccinated.
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