News stories from the past 60 days.
Jan 20, 2021 - Video features rural healthcare facilities in Montana and Texas and their efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities. Describes several challenges to distribution in frontier communities, including the shortage of healthcare workers, long distances to travel, and vaccine storage requirements.
Jan 19, 2021 - Explores COVID-19 vaccination distribution in rural areas across the country, describes how the lack of a database makes it difficult to track progress and identify areas that need help. While rural Texas hospitals struggle to get ahold of the vaccines, some rural areas in Washington are ahead of the curve and waiting for the rest of the state to catch up.
Source: The Daily Yonder
How Small Pharmacies Are Playing a Big Role in COVID Vaccine Distribution in Rural Towns: "It's like the Super Bowl"
Jan 4, 2021 - Highlights a pharmacist in rural Texas that is helping to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in his hometown. Discusses how independent pharmacies are providing vaccine information and quality care in areas where medical resources and access are often limited.
Source: CBS News
Jan 4, 2021 - Features a nurse practitioner that manages the only health clinic in northern rural Grimes County, Texas, highlights her efforts to overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the clinic open. Describes how federal relief funding and temporary telehealth provisions helped her continue operations.
Source: Popular Science
EOP: Extension of Governors' Use of the National Guard To Respond to COVID-19 and To Facilitate Economic Recovery Federal Register
Dec 8, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021 for several states and territories. Provides detail on the amount of cost-sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
Source: Federal Register
Eight Months into the Pandemic, This Women's Health Clinic in Rural Texas Struggles to Meet Demand for Care
Nov 30, 2020 - Features a women's health clinic in rural Texas that provides care, such as birth control and cancer screenings, for low-income and uninsured patients. With unstable or unavailable internet access in the area, the clinic was unable to pivot to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and instead adjusted regular services to minimize face-to-face contact and protect patients.
Source: Texas Tribune
Last Updated: 1/21/2021