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Resources by Topic: Mortality

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Cases in the U.S.
Reports on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with data by state and by county.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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An Update on Cancer Deaths in the United States
Provides data and information on cancer deaths in the United States, including cancer death rates by age, sex, race/ethnicity, state, and Census region, as well as trends from 1999-2018. Figure 3 features rural/urban comparisons on age-adjusted cancer death rates in 2018.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Projected Deaths of Despair from COVID-19
Report looks at the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rates of deaths of despair, or those related to drugs, alcohol, and from suicide. Discusses potential increases in rates and details a number of policy solutions to prevent an increase in deaths.
Author(s): Stephen Petterson, John M. Westfall, Benjamin F. Miller
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Graham Center, Well Being Trust
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2018 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities
Reports 2018 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data describing fatal motor vehicle crashes. Provides rural versus urban statistics for fatal motor vehicle crashes by time of day, speed, alcohol use, seat belt use, and rollover crashes.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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COVID-19: Comparing Apples and Oranges
Compares rural and metropolitan areas of Minnesota on the rate of COVID-19 cases, taking population into account. Features county-level statistics on COVID-19 cases and deaths per 100,000 people.
Author(s): Kelly Asche
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Rural-Urban Residence and Mortality among Three Cohorts of U.S. Adults
Reports on a study to address gaps in what is known of the rural-urban mortality disparity by analyzing time-to-event birth cohorts using data from the 1997-2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) linking deaths through December 2011. Results of this study may identify potential policy and practice interventions to reduce the disparity in rural-urban mortality.
Author(s): Erika C. Ziller, Jennifer D. Lenardson, Katherine Ahrens M.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Beyond Opioids: Rapid Increase in Drug Deaths Involving Stimulants
Presents a breakdown of drug related deaths involving stimulants. Features a number of charts highlighting the data, including rural and urban, regional, and national comparisons.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
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COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ― 19 States, April 2020
Examines COVID-19 cases among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities reported by 19 states. Discusses factors potentially affecting risk for infection, including difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions. Includes recommended changes to address these issues.
Author(s): Jonathan W. Dyal, Michael P. Grant, Kendra Broadwater, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(18), 557-561
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Provides guidance to death certifiers on the proper cause-of-death certification for cases where confirmed or suspected COVID-19 resulted in death. Discusses common problems in cause-of-death certification and offers advice about following local jurisdictions' reporting requirements involving threats to public health.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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