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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Oct 26, 2020 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an AHRQ COVID-19 update, a discussion on Quality Measurement Enterprise, and feedback on the Strategic Plan for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comments on the addition of four questions to the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the receipt of free or reduced-price meals from schools and the receipt of stimulus payments. The proposed questions will assist researchers to evaluate the impact of governmental assistance programs on economic well-being, particularly for the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2020 - Addresses the drivers of increasing COVID-19 cases in rural communities, such as reduced compliance with mask-wearing, the resumption of community activities, and the difficulty of working from home. Discusses how understanding these drivers could help to curtail the current surge and limit flare-ups, includes ways to strengthen rural systems for the future.
Source: The Conversation
Oct 26, 2020 - Describes how the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Midwest has exacerbated a workforce shortage in rural Minnesota nursing homes. Since May, 55 facilities have called for emergency staffing, reaching out to those laid off in the healthcare industry. Addresses how COVID fatigue or burnout has led many experienced workers to leave as well.
Source: MPR News
Oct 26, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by November 25, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 23, 2020 - Interview with Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), discusses the impact of COVID-19 on rural hospitals, healthcare providers, and the communities they serve. Airing on October 26, 2020, the interview is part of the online Rural Assembly Everywhere conference, which will includes a conversation with the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 23, 2020 - Features a rural community in South Carolina, highlights the efforts of their municipal leadership to communicate with and provide for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how communities need to be examined at a municipal level to fully understand the social impacts of COVID-19 on rural America.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Oct 23, 2020 - Analyzes the rate of new COVID-19 infections in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Includes an interview with Carrie Henning-Smith with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, who describes the rural infection rates as ominous. Describes how the rise in infections could be due to "COVID fatigue," explaining that some find it difficult to be cautious as the pandemic wears on.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 22, 2020 - Rural areas across the U.S. experience a spike in COVID-19 infections, while small hospitals lack the capacity and resources to handle a surge of patients. As healthcare workers are exposed to the virus while out in the community, staffing becomes an issue, and larger hospitals do not have enough staffed ICU beds to handle transferred COVID patients.
Source: NPR
Oct 22, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received distributions. Applications for Phase 3 funding will be accepted until November 6, 2020.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services