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May 16, 2020 - Williamson Memorial Hospital in rural West Virginia closed down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as it was unable to climb out of bankruptcy. Describes how hospital closures can affect the local economy and limit access to care, especially during a global pandemic.
Source: Los Angeles Times
May 14, 2020 - For rural people with substance use disorders, it can be difficult to access behavioral health treatment, and pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic only makes it harder. With lockdowns, financial stress, isolation, and the closures of healthcare practices, rural residents lose their care and support systems.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 14, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized $7.5 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband across seven states. This funding is the 12th wave of support from the Connect American Fund Phase II auction and will benefit 3,100 unserved rural homes and businesses.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 14, 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic is hitting many rural communities hard. In response, medical schools and teaching hospitals work to set up testing sites, educate patients and physicians, and provide essential care.
Source: Association of American Medical Colleges
May 13, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold its June 10, 2020 meeting via teleconference and WebEx. Questions arising during the meeting should be sent to and will be answered at a later date.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis of data that found 470,000 dwellings in the United States lack adequate plumbing, making it more difficult to practice sanitation recommendations and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Describes how those in rural homes and Native villages are less likely than other Americans to have access to running water and other utilities.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 11, 2020 - As coronavirus spreads to rural areas of North Carolina, data shows a disproportionate burden of cases per capita. Discusses how COVID-19 accentuates existing rural disparities and how tight social connections contribute to the transmission. Describes the approaches state health departments are taking to help allocate resources to rural hospitals.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 11, 2020 - Doctors Without Borders sent a team of nine to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding in the Navajo Nation. Discusses how Native Americans are at a much higher risk for complications from the disease due to limited access to healthcare, food, and water, as well as higher chronic disease rates.
Source: CBS