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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Nov 13, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (BSC, DDID) on December 9, 2020. The agenda will include updates and discussions on recent outbreaks and affected populations, as well as a brief report back from the Board's Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group. Registration is limited to 500 seats.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 12, 2020 - As COVID-19 accelerates its spread across rural America, hospital administrators in rural Kentucky and Nebraska discuss how their facilities are impacted. Faced with staffing shortages, bed shortages, funding issues, and increasing volumes of COVID-positive patients, rural hospitals are struggling to keep up.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 10, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infections between November 1-7, 2020, finding that 80% of all nonmetropolitan counties are in the red-zone, or have an infection rate of 100 or more cases per 100,000 residents. Includes county-level data on areas with very high weekly infection rates, or 500 or more cases per 100,000 residents. These counties are primarily in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 9, 2020 - Highlights efforts by the Navajo Nation to combat the spread of COVID-19 in their communities, describes how a combination of health education, curfews, and moving cultural practices to the digital world has decreased cases. Discusses the impact of the pandemic on disparities present in Native American communities.
Source: Center for Health Journalism
Nov 9, 2020 - Features a struggling rural hospital in South Georgia and the CEO that helped turn it around with the help of a seasoned CEO from another rural hospital. After implementing a swing bed program and taking in patients from out of town, the rural hospital improved financially, allowing the hospital to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Time
Nov 6, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement section 3713 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which established Medicare Part B coverage and payment for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine and its administration. This interim final rule is effective November 2, 2020. Comments are due January 4, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 6, 2020 - Highlights research and a program at the University of Kentucky focused on providing patients at infectious disease clinics with access to mental health therapists, relapse prevention services, and medications. Discusses how this program aims to address the rising rates of opioid overdose rates in rural areas and increase access to specialized care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 6, 2020 - Tuskegee University has established the Center for Rural Health and Economic Equity, which aims to address COVID-19 health disparities by improving data collection, testing, and treatment in the rural Black Belt counties of Alabama. Describes the the background of co-directors, Attorney Crystal James and Dr. Clayton Yates, as well as the center's mission.
Source: Tuskegee University
Nov 5, 2020 - Summarizes research that shows 87 percent of rural counties had the highest rates of overall food insecurity. Describes that rural food insecurity was improving in 2019, but the trend reversed, intensified by economic issues worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 4, 2020 - Highlights the Veteran Connection Café, opened by a library in rural Washington in 2019 to provide healthcare and benefit services to veterans. The café closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the library continued to offer services by providing veterans with a Chromebook and access to Wi-Fi.
Source: The Daily Chronicle