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Jan 26, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 12-January 18. Notes that rural areas experienced a 13% drop and metropolitan areas had a 21% increase in infection rates compared to the previous week. Death rates in rural counties were 9% lower than the prior week, but in urban areas there was a 1.3% increase. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 20, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 5-January 11. Notes that Covid-19 infection rates in metropolitan and rural areas were lower than the previous week, but rural COVID-19 deaths reached a rate not seen since September. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 18, 2023 - The population in rural areas decreased during the 2010-2020 decade, but grew by 0.13% from 2020-21, according to Census estimates. Powder River County, Montana experienced population growth that would not have occurred without migration, as deaths outnumbered births there during this period. Opportunities for remote work because of COVID-19 may have contributed to rural population growth in the months following the 2020 census.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 13, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of December 29-January 4. Notes that Covid-19 infection and death rates were once again higher in rural counties than in metropolitan areas, and counties in the rural South had higher rates than other nonmetropolitan counties. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 9, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of December 22-28, noting that Covid-19 infection and death rates were lower in rural counties than in metropolitan areas for the first time since the opening months of the pandemic. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 30, 2022 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of December 15-21, noting that infections and deaths climbed nationwide, and for the eighth consecutive week rural death rates were higher than urban rates. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 23, 2022 - Highlights a study on geographic barriers to accessing breast cancer screening in rural areas. Discusses travel time for rural people to healthcare facilities that offer mammography.
Source: Healio
Dec 21, 2022 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of December 8-14, noting that infection rates showed no change in both urban and rural counties during this period, but death rates dropped nationwide. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 21, 2022 - Describes obstacles Texas rural emergency service providers face when they respond to traffic accidents. Spotty cellphone service, high-speed crashes, and low seatbelt usage all contribute to disparities between urban and rural traffic fatalities.
Source: The Texas Tribune