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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Oct 22, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of October 10-16, noting that new infections declined by 11% and COVID-related deaths fell by 6.1%. Offers a county-level data map, charts depicting infection and mortality rates, and a state data chart.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 21, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccination, noting that as of October 14, 43.2% of the rural population had completed vaccination. Offers county and state-level data maps and metro/nonmetro comparisons by week.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 20, 2021 - Discusses research on telehealth utilization for chronic disease management, finding that telehealth flexibilities did not lead to overutilization but that only 34% of rural Medicare beneficiaries used telehealth in 2020, compared to 47% of urban Medicare beneficiaries. Describes implications of these findings on rural healthcare access.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT
Oct 14, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infections and mortality for the week of October 3-9, noting that the rural infection rate was still much higher than the metropolitan rate but that new infections fell around 12% during the week. Offers charts with weekly infection and mortality data, state rural/metro comparisons, and county and state-level data maps.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 12, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccinations as of October 7, noting a sustained decline in new vaccinations. Notes that 42.6% of the total rural population has completed vaccination, compared to 54.5% of the metro population. Offers county and state-level data maps and charts depicting vaccination trends.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 7, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of September 26-October 2, noting a second consecutive week of decline for new rural infections and a decline in COVID-19 related deaths. Offers a county-level data map, charts of COVID-19 rates by metro and nonmetro status over time, and state-by-state comparisons.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 7, 2021 - Reports on studies of telehealth in rural and urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on mental healthcare telehealth visits. Notes that studies found rural populations used telehealth to access mental healthcare at lower rates than in urban areas, and describes issues of technological capability and broadband access.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
Oct 4, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccination rates as of September 30, noting a 20% decrease in new rural vaccinations and nearly a 1/3 decrease in metropolitan counties. Notes that 42.1% of the rural population and 54% of the metro population were fully vaccinated as of September 30. Offers a map with county-level data, charts tracking vaccination rates over time, and state-by-state rural and metro comparisons.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 1, 2021 - Presents findings from a study of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) case rates from 1995 to 2016, finding that HCC is increasingly prevalent in rural populations. Notes that while only 15% of HCC cases were rural, the average annual increase was 5.7% in rural areas compared to 3.9% in urban areas.
Source: Hep
Sep 30, 2021 - Reports on rural disparities in COVID-19 mortality, finding that in September 2021, rural death rates were double those of urban areas. Discusses the impacts of health disparities and workforce shortages on rural COVID-19 challenges, as well as the burden to rural hospitals and issues with transferring patients to larger hospitals for specialized care.
Source: Kaiser Health News