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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

Rural and Urban COVID-19 Hot Spots
Line chart showing COVID-19 cases per capita over time for selected rural and urban hot spots. Rural hot spots include Western Kansas and Oklahoma, Southern Minnesota, Central Iowa, and Central Mississippi.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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COVID-19 Data from the National Center for Health Statistics
Provides access to state and county provisional death counts for COVID-19, as well as national and state data on mental health and healthcare access. Also offers guidance on cause-of-death certification for COVID-19.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes
Provides guidance to state survey agencies on nursing home infection control surveys in response to COVID-19, CARES Act funding, enhanced enforcement for infection control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Organization support in preventing COVID-19 transmission in nursing homes.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Health Departments
Offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help state, local, and tribal health departments respond to COVID-19. Provides information on surveillance, contact tracing, infection prevention, community mitigation, public health workforce, and more. Includes a searchable collection of resources created by health departments.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Penn State Project ECHO: COVID-19 ECHO Series
Offers virtual training to inform and equip healthcare providers and administration of the best practices in emergency preparedness and treatment to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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Minnesota - Virtual Education on COVID-19
A partnership between CHI St. Gabriel's Health Project ECHO and Minnesota healthcare organizations offering CME accredited sessions on COVID-19 planning, response and clinical information relevant to physicians/clinicians in the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Stratis Health, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
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Alaska ECHO Projects - Alaska COVID-19
Offers videoconferencing with a team of interdisciplinary experts to provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, and families access to expert advice throughout the state and the country in response to COVID-19.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Alaska - Anchorage, Center for Human Development
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Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview
Provides a foundation for state, territorial, local, and tribal agencies' identification and investigation of patients with confirmed and probable diagnoses of COVID-19, and identification and monitoring of their contacts who have been exposed to the virus. Includes recommendations for roles and responsibilities for key public health officials and methods for investigating COVID-19 cases.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
An overview of how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
A compilation of resources and strategies for quality improvement, management, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. Includes information on testing, workforce and staffing, infection control, personal protective equipment, patient transfers, telehealth services, vaccination, and more. Includes recommendations and examples from rural areas throughout.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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