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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Jan 15, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking approval for and comments on non-substantive changes to the Small Business Pulse Survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 15, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of meetings in January 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2021 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Personnel Management waived a section of federal law that pertains to retired workers, making it easier for the IHS to rehire healthcare and non-healthcare workers who can assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies a need for physicians and physician assistants, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, behavioral health clinicians, and engineers, and invites retirees to rejoin the IHS workforce.
Source: Indian Health Service
Jan 14, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration (SBA) allowing new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers flexibility in choosing 2019 or 2020 as the base period to calculate maximum loan amounts. This interim final rule also consolidates and restates interim final rules regarding borrower eligibility, lender eligibility, and PPP application and origination requirements for new PPP loans. This interim final rule is effective January 12, 2021. Comments are due by February 16, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement section 311 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act). Section 311 of the Economic Aid Act allows SBA to guarantee Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans, which are intended to provide additional economic relief to small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This interim final rule is effective January 12, 2021. Comments are by February 16, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced $40 million in H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program funds awarded to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, especially in rural areas. The funding aims to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Jan 13, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing a virtual meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic on January 15, 2021. The meeting will be open to the public from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Meeting objectives include updating interested parties on the status of the implementation of FEMA's Voluntary Agreement.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 13, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 3-9, 2021, finding a record number of infections and COVID-related deaths in both rural and urban counties. Identifies the highest rates of infection in the upper South, the Southwest, and lower portions of Great Lakes states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 13, 2021 - Blog post discusses lessons learned and areas that transformed healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how partnerships between organizations and across other sectors bring innovation and collaboration, especially for rural providers with limited resources. Highlights opportunities within data analytics, the public health system, and virtual care.
Source: American Hospital Association
Jan 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States, effective January 26, 2021. Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention