News by Topic: Infectious diseases
Mar 9, 2021 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced the association's 2021 Rural Health Award recipients, which are given each year to individuals and organizations in rural health who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of others. Lists the award recipients and details their accomplishments.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Mar 9, 2021 - Highlights creative COVID-19 vaccine rollout efforts in Alaska and the state's success in prioritizing at-risk residents, such as Native, low-income, and senior populations. Describes how their "hub-and-spoke" model allows communities to decide how to administer vaccines based on their needs. Includes lessons for other states to learn from.
Mar 9, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of several waivers that allow all children to receive nutritious meals when schools are out of session through September 20, 2021. The extension will continue to provide relief to many children in families who have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations
Mar 8, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced an investment of $250 million in health literacy grants to localities to encourage COVID-19 safety and vaccination among underserved populations. This new initiative, Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19, includes funding for 43 projects in rural communities for two years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 8, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for how and when an individual fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. Also recommends fully vaccinated people continue to take COVID-19 precautions when out in public.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
SBA: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program - Revisions to Loan Amount Calculation and Eligibility Federal Register
Mar 8, 2021 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Small Business Administration revising the previous interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Allows individuals who file an IRS Form 1040, Schedule C, to calculate their maximum loan amount using gross income and removes the eligibility restrictions prevents businesses with owners who have non-financial fraud felony convictions in the last year or who are delinquent or in default on their Federal student loans from obtaining PPP loans. This interim final rule is effective March 4, 2021. Comments are due by April 7, 2021.
Source: Federal Register