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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

May 19, 2021 - Provides an overview of a study analyzing childhood immunization rates in Texas to see what effect the COVID-19 pandemic may have had. The study identified sharp decreases in vaccination between 2019 and 2020 in most categories, with the greatest decline among the 5-month-old and 16-month-old groups and in rural areas.
Source: Texas A&M Health, Vital Record
May 18, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding will be allocated to the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG). Each program will disburse $1.5 billion to states and territories to help communities grappling with mental health and substance use needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 18, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between May 9-15, 2021. Finds that the number of infections in rural America dropped to its lowest level since July 2020 and discusses how infections and COVID-related deaths have declined in both rural and urban areas. Includes an interactive map of infection rates in all U.S. counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 14, 2021 - Highlights a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found mRNA vaccines reduced the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 by 94 percent among fully vaccinated healthcare personnel. The data for the assessment came from a network covering 500,000 healthcare personnel across 33 sites in 25 U.S. states.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 14, 2021 - Summarizes research that found U.S. counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates among people 65 years or older also have higher numbers of older adults living in poverty, living alone, or without access to a computer or the internet. Highlights efforts in Georgia, Vermont, and Texas to increase vaccination rates among older adults in rural areas and address disparities in vaccine access.
Source: Healthline
May 13, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and staff when available. This interim final rule also requires LTC facilities to report the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This rule is effective May 21, 2021. Comments are due by June 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - After struggling to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation used a portion of its CARES Act funding to create its own facilities to manufacture PPE. Discusses how the facilities will create jobs for members of the Cherokee communities and help to fill the shortage of PPE across the country.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector. Actions include using a data-driven approach to target key regions, utilization of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and partnering with jurisdictions to reach migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with $9.95 million to support rural COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Funding will be used by Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunizations and education to the communities they serve.
Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
May 11, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between May 2-8, 2021, finding a 12 percent decrease of infections and 14 percent decrease in deaths in rural counties. Includes an interactive map of COVID infection rates by U.S. county, charts detailing weekly rates of infections and deaths since June, and additional findings.
Source: The Daily Yonder