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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Sep 30, 2020 - Provides overview of a study in Jackson County, North Carolina that shows the importance of looking at wastewater data for early warning signs of COVID-19 outbreaks. The study focused on a rural population and was able to indicate an increase or decrease in infections before confirmed cases were reported.
Source: Mathematica
Sep 29, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period for 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
Sep 29, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology employed to determine the rate of COVID-19 cases in counties, affecting nursing homes who are required to test staff for COVID-19 based on the positivity rate of their respective counties. The changes help to reduce the burden on nursing homes in rural counties with seemingly high comparative positivity rates.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sep 29, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment will hold a virtual public meeting on November 5-6, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on community engagement activities related to the President's initiative on "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America" and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the needs and challenges of HIV prevention and care for women.
Source: Federal Register