Twelve health centers in Arkansas will share approximately $10.6 million awarded as part of the response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. is receiving nearly $700,000, according to the April 8 news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $10,559,850 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) Supplemental Funding Awards to 12 health centers in Arkansas.


Health center awardees in Arkansas may use these funds to help their communities detect coronavirus; prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19; and maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address this public health emergency, according to the release.


Area award recipients include:


Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc., Pine Bluff — $676,730;


Cabun Rural Health Services Inc., Hampton — $662,465;


East Arkansas Family Health Center Inc., West Memphis — $902,690;


Healthy Connections Inc., Mena — $738,380.


“On Friday, March 27, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, into law. This unprecedented legislation helped to secure the resources needed to keep Americans safe from the coronavirus. HRSA is making these vital health center investments available immediately, as they are a key element of the nation’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the release.


For the full list of award recipients, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/coronavirus-cares-FY2020-awards.