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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Aug 5, 2022 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of July 26-August 1. Notes a 5% decline in new infections in rural areas. Offers charts of infection and death rates over time and a county-level data map.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 2, 2022 - Presents findings that cases of Lyme disease in rural areas have risen sharply between 2007 and 2021, with a 357% increase in rural areas compared to a 65% increase in urban areas. Notes that Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont had the highest proportion of cases in 2021.
Source: The Hill
Jul 28, 2022 - Reports on COVID-19 infections and deaths during the week of July 19-25, noting a 50% higher rural death rate than the metropolitan rate during the week. Offers county-level data and charts of infection and death rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 28, 2022 - Describes efforts to address rural disparities in breast and prostate cancer in South Carolina, noting that rural residents are less likely to have access to screening and have to travel long distances to receive primary care. Highlights research examining cancer diagnosis and death rates in the state.
Source: WSPA
Jul 25, 2022 - Reports on an Iowa State University study which found that in the past year expenses for rural Americans increased by 9.2% while their earnings increased by only 2.5%. Describes the effect that higher fuel prices have had on rural people, due to longer distances traveled for work, school, healthcare, and shopping for daily necessities, and the possibility that for this reason some might choose to move closer to larger cities.
Source: NPR
Jul 21, 2022 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infection rates for the week of July 12-18, noting a continued increase in new infections in both rural and urban counties. Offers county-level data and charts of infection and death rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 13, 2022 - Reports county-level data on COVID-19 infection during the week of July 5-11, noting a 20% growth in rural infections compared to a 9% metro increase. Offers a county-level data map and charts of infection and mortality trends.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 8, 2022 - Describes a study of poverty and prevalence of visual acuity loss, or blindness, in metro and nonmetro counties. Notes significant variation in counties with no ophthalmologists, with 67% of nonmetro counties lacking providers compared to 35.3% of metro counties, and that blindness prevalence corresponded to the percentage of a county's population living below the poverty level.
Source: HCP Live
Jun 30, 2022 - Discusses findings from a CDC survey of parents in which 4 out of 10 respondents said their pediatricians did not recommend COVID vaccines, compared to 1 in 10 parents from urban communities. Describes rural disparities in COVID-19 and other vaccinations, challenges accessing consistent healthcare, and vaccine hesitancy, and provides an overview of the approval process for COVID-19 vaccination for young children.
Source: PBS News Hour
Jun 29, 2022 - Reports rural and metro COVID-19 infection and mortality rates fro the week of June 21-27, noting persistently high rates of counties in both metro and nonmetro areas that exceed 100 cases per 100,000 population. Offers county- and state-level data and charts of infection and mortality rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder