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Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

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 - 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 - Provides overview of a study in Jackson County, North Carolina that shows the importance of looking at wastewater data for early warning signs of COVID-19 outbreaks. The study focused on a rural population and was able to indicate an increase or decrease in infections before confirmed cases were reported.
Source: Mathematica
Sep 29, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period for the Small Business Pulse Survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Summarizes a study that examined hospital data from 2018 and found that private equity-owned hospitals were more likely to be in low-income and rural areas. Discusses how private equity–owned hospitals differ from non-acquired hospitals due to geographic and socioeconomic reasons, but more research is necessary to know if those differences are related to acquisition to begin with.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
Sep 23, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments and burden estimates on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by November 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - Reports on new coronavirus infections, finds 909 rural counties are listed as red-zones, or having 100 or more new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Also finds that new deaths from COVID-19 increased 20 percent. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates between September 13 to September 19, 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 22, 2020 - As the U.S. surpasses 200,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, an analysis finds that the share of COVID-19 deaths in non-metropolitan areas has grown dramatically over time. Describes how hot spots in urban areas have tapered off, but rural areas are continuing to see the disease spread.
Source: NPR
Sep 21, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on the draft Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (STI Plan). The STI Plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders at all levels to guide the development of policies, initiatives, and actions for STI prevention and control. Comments are due by October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to COVID-19 and telehealth utilization. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register