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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Oct 7, 2020 - Provides an overview of a nationwide poll that reported one in every four households have been unable to get medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, widening the disparities that already exist in rural communities. Describes that in rural areas, some obstacles to healthcare include high rates of uninsured residents, small healthcare workforce, and an increase of hospital closures.
Source: NPR
Oct 7, 2020 - Highlights small rural healthcare systems in Southeast Ohio that have proven successful in combating COVID-19. Describes how smaller hospitals have advantages in treating viruses because they serve as points of access, helping rural residents with diagnoses and preliminary services.
Source: The Post
Oct 6, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infections, describes that an additional 68 rural counties are on the White House red-zone list, meaning more than half of all rural counties are currently in the red zone. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates between September 27 - October 3, 2020, as well as trends observed in the data.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 5, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, including information about the potential for airborne spread of COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend people protect themselves by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, washing their hands frequently, and staying home when sick.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oct 1, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the CDC COVID-19 Tracker now reports trends in COVID-19 incidence and mortality by county-level population factors, allowing users to classify data by rurality. Describes how rural areas have seen an increase in infections and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oct 1, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Explains that providers who have already received funding through the Provider Relief Fund are allowed to apply for additional funding and some previously ineligible providers are also invited. The application window is October 5 – November 6, 2020.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 30, 2020 - Highlights efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus on Navajo Nation and other Native American communities. Offers lessons and policy recommendations to address the impacts of COVID-19 and strengthen Native communities for the long run. Includes an interview with Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, Ph.D., a sociology professor at University of California Los Angeles on indigenous data sovereignty.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
Sep 30, 2020 - Covers how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of Native American communities in Humboldt County, California and other residents across the state. The county is already facing high rates of suicide and with the added pressures of the pandemic, wildfires, and an economic downturn, mental health providers describe a predicted "tsunami" of mental health needs and suicides.
Source: Cal Matters
Sep 30, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 cases and finds that rural counties saw 61,000 new infections between September 20-26, 2020, setting a record for infections in a single week and placing half of all rural counties in the red zone. Includes an interactive map of new cases, general trends, regional changes, and a comparison to metropolitan counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 30, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding application forms used for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (EIDL) COVID-19 program. Comments are due by October 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register