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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Oct 19, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration revising the previous interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Provides additional guidance concerning the forgiveness and loan review processes for PPP loans of $50,000 or less and, for PPP loans of all sizes, lender responsibilities with respect to the review of borrower documentation of eligible costs for forgiveness in excess of a borrower's PPP loan amount. This interim final rule is effective October 14, 2020. Comments are due by November 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) launched the online portal to collect official data for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program. All RHCs that received money from the program are required to report through this portal, which requests basic data regarding COVID-19.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Oct 16, 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
Oct 16, 2020 - Describes the challenges rural health providers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have adapted to address those barriers. Discusses how rural health collaboratives are relying on self-reported data, utilizing telehealth to increase access to mental health and addiction services, and offering curbside or virtual visits with providers.
Source: The Conversation
Oct 16, 2020 - Analysis shows new infections of COVID-19 spread 64 percent faster in rural America than in urban areas between October 4-10, 2020. The states with the highest rates of rural infections are clustered in the Midwest and Northern Rockies.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 16, 2020 - Covers an outbreak of COVID-19 in a rural Montana jail, in which infections make up a quarter of all known virus cases in the county. Describes how COVID-19 is affecting the rest of the town, as hospitals and the public health system are at capacity. Discusses the difficulty of containing the spread of infection as social distancing in the jail is nearly impossible.
Source: New York Times
Oct 15, 2020 - In rural Louisa County, Virginia, reliable broadband is hard to access, so when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shift to remote learning, county officials deployed 22 solar-powered hotspot units throughout the county. Describes how hotspots are not substitutes for true broadband infrastructure, but the technology has allowed students and families the opportunity to access internet.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 15, 2020 - Analysis finds that the rural rate of new COVID-19 infections is higher than the metropolitan rate has ever been. Includes a graph of the seven-day average of new infections per 100,000 for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties from March to October 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 14, 2020 - Reports that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added 11 new telehealth services to the list of services it will pay for during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Source: Beckers Hospital Review
Oct 14, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) correcting timeframes published in the October 8, 2020 notice regarding a meeting to implement the "Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic."
Source: Federal Register