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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Mar 31, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing the extension of a temporary order to halt evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This order is effective April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 31, 2021 - Features the Hawaiian fishing village of Miloliʻi and their efforts to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 and reach herd immunity. Discusses the challenges the remote community faced during a recent mobile vaccination clinic where nearly half of residents received the vaccine in a weekend.
Source: Hawaii Public Radio
Mar 31, 2021 - Discusses the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccination Program, which supplies health centers with a limited number of doses to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among people of color, low-income communities, and other underserved populations. Describes phase two of the program and its expansion to include an additional 700 health centers that serve low-income, rural and frontier, and tribal communities.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Mar 30, 2021 - Summarizes research that tracks public attitude and experience with COVID-19 vaccinations as of March 2021. Key findings report an increase in those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to do so as soon as possible, with the largest increase in vaccine enthusiasm among Black adults. Describes COVID-19 vaccine data by age, rurality, and race and ethnicity, as well as other demographics.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Mar 30, 2021 - Provides overview of a study that found community college enrollment is down during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in rural community colleges. Discusses how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted rural students, who often encounter more barriers to attend college than their urban counterparts.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 30, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between March 21-27, 2021, finding that the number of new infections remained steady but the number of rural counties in the red zone increased. Describes how this could be an indicator of another surge. Includes an interactive map detailing infection rates by county and graphs detailing weekly rates of new infections and new deaths since June 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 30, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of March 30, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 29, 2021 - Video interview with Alvin Hoover, CEO of King's Daughters Medical Center in Mississippi, describes how the independent rural hospital has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including addressing vaccine equity. Discusses efforts to meet community needs during the pandemic and in the long-term.
Source: American Hospital Association
Mar 29, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they will provide nearly $100 million to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among older adults and people with disabilities through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Identifies barriers to vaccination among these populations and describes how the grants will help to address them.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 26, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection for the Medical Monitoring Project. This data collection will address the need for national estimates of access to, and utilization of, HIV-related medical care and services, the quality of HIV-related ambulatory care, and HIV-related behaviors and clinical outcomes. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register