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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Apr 16, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project titled SimpleReport Mobile Application. SimpleReport is a free web-based application that provides an easy way to manage the COVID-19 testing workflow, record results for rapid point-of-care COVID tests, and report the results to the appropriate public health department on behalf of the testing site. Comments are due by June 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau announced they will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program between April 29-May 6, 2021. Round two includes almost $250 million to support the utilization of telehealth services during the pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Apr 15, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a grant focused on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19. The $2.25 billion grant aims to award up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments. Applications are due May 3, 2021.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Apr 14, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between April 4-10, 2021, finding an increase in both new infections and COVID-related deaths in rural counties. Discusses how surges in Michigan and northwest Texas contributed to the increase in cases. Includes an interactive county map of new infections and graphs detailing weekly infection and death rates dating back to June 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 13, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions will allow agencies to enhance services and target resources to help alleviate the impact of the pandemic on service members and their families and target outreach efforts to promote vaccine access and uptake among essential worker groups. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extending the administrative responsibilities of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and directing USAC to administer the remainder of Round 1 and all of Round 2 funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This rule is effective April 12, 2021, and applicable February 2, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2021 - Describes how Alaska ranks among the top states for COVID-19 vaccine distribution due to the role that tribal health organizations have played. Discusses how the virus has disproportionately impacted Native communities and threatened indigenous culture, highlights unique efforts by tribal health providers to provide vaccinations and curb the pandemic.
Source: US News & World Report
Apr 9, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $4 million for grants to agencies designated as Protection and Advocacy Systems according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. This funding is for critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Includes information on the projected award amounts to each state and territory. Applications are due by April 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $5 million for grants to Title VII, Part C disability networks to provide critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishes rules and processes to further distribute funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to healthcare providers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provides $249.95 million in new funds for Round 2 of the program to help healthcare providers offer telehealth and connected care services. This rule adopts additional requirements, processes, and application evaluation metrics for Round 2 funding as outlined in the CAA. This rule is effective April 9, 2021.
Source: Federal Register