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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Apr 27, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and mortality rates between April 18-24, 2021, finding a decrease in both infections and deaths in rural counties. Discusses vaccination rates in rural counties, which have increased but are lower than vaccination rates in urban counties in most states. Contains an interactive map detailing COVID-19 infection rates for all U.S. counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 27, 2021 - Features a rural county in Texas that has successfully provided at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to more than 85 percent of its population. Explains that while it is easier to vaccinate counties with lower populations, efforts by health leaders played a huge role in the county's success.
Source: Kera News
Apr 26, 2021 - Features a public health director of a rural county in Colorado who began her job directly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Describes how she led the department in its COVID-19 response efforts with support from the local Board of Commissioners and retired public health veterans.
Source: National Association of Counties
Apr 26, 2021 - Highlights the Navajo Nation, which once had one of the highest per-capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country and has now vaccinated more than half of its adult population. Discusses how Navajo Nation is taking steps to ease public health measures while continuing to be cautious and keep infection rates down.
Source: NPR
Apr 26, 2021 - Rural ambulance crews are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of funding, volunteer shortages, and low call volumes. Examines the situation in Wyoming, where 10 localities are in danger of losing ambulance services. Explains how struggling ambulance services are accepting takeovers from hospitals and healthcare systems to stay afloat. (May require a subscription to view full article.)
Source: New York Times
Apr 23, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 23, 2021 - 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
Apr 23, 2021 - A new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) allows residents who live in the 36 states that use Healthcare.gov to sign up for or change their Marketplace health insurance plan until August 15, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on expanded financial eligibility requirements and funding available to Federal Navigators for the 2022 plan year.
Apr 23, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on forms related to the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program. HRSA uses the data collected to optimize COVID-19 testing and vaccination; track health center capacity and the impact of COVID-19 on operations, patients, and staff; and better understand training and technical assistance, funding, and other health center resource needs. Comments are due by June 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 23, 2021 - Out of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one currently approved for those aged 16-17 years. Discusses the difficulty of vaccinating that age group in rural communities, identifying limited supply, far distances to travel, and rural vaccine hesitancy as barriers.
Source: Kaiser Health News