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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Nov 19, 2020 - Rural Open Door Forum speech from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, on the tenth annual National Rural Health Day. Discusses efforts by CMS to prioritize rural health and address challenges to healthcare access, including challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Nov 19, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found one in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days of recovery. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the Rural Health Research Center, describes the possible mental health implications for rural residents, who are experiencing high infection rates and often lack access to adequate mental healthcare.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 18, 2020 - Interview with Matt Hocks, MBA, chief operating officer of Sanford Health System, on how their rural facilities are coping with the fall coronavirus surge. Describes strategies the health system has implemented, such as having 120 days of personal protective equipment on hand, utilizing modeling to prepare for an increase in patients, and ensuring they had testing capabilities.
Source: Health Leaders
Nov 18, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 18, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) Office of Rural Health (ORH) highlights resources available to support the health and well-being of rural veterans. Efforts include providing telehealth to connect veterans to the care they need, offering free training to community providers, pausing medical debt collection, and developing tools to support the Veterans Health Administration's workforce.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Nov 17, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates from November 8-14, 2020. Finds the weekly number of infections in rural counties reached 195,795, meeting a new record for the eighth consecutive week. 86% of rural counties are in the red-zone and more than a quarter of those counties have infection rates that exceed 500 cases per 100,000 residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 16, 2020 - Summarizes a briefing from infectious disease experts who explained how the return of in-person classes at colleges and universities is one of the causes of the COVID-19 spike in rural Upper Midwest communities. Describes how these communities lack the resources, staff, and specialists needed to care for infected patients. Includes a map of COVID-19 red zones from November 1-7, 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 16, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that researched factors that prevent older residents from accessing the food they need. Findings show that isolation, lack of transportation, and low incomes – issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – were all barriers to older residents' motivation and ability to prepare and enjoy food.
Source: Indiana University Bloomington
Nov 16, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on an information collection related to food programs supported by the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). Comments are due by December 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 14, 2020 - Hospitals in North and South Dakota near capacity as per-capita COVID-19 infections remain the highest in the country for several weeks in a row. Describes the severity of the outbreak in North Dakota, as the state is now allowing COVID-19 positive healthcare workers to continue working in COVID-19 units.
Source: NPR