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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


COVID-19 See the resources, events, and news sections on this guide for the latest COVID-19 information added to RHIhub.

This guide will help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a focus on rural communities.

See the Emergency Preparedness guide for communication planning tools to reach rural communities.

Key Rural COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Rural Communities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidance and resources from the CDC to help rural communities respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information for public health professionals, rural healthcare systems and providers, community-based organizations, rural residents, and businesses. Also addresses risk to COVID-19 in rural communities.

NRHA COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center
National Rural Health Association
Supports the needs of rural providers and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assists rural healthcare organizations through financial consultations, operational support, and help obtaining essential medical resources, including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge.

Rural COVID-19 Trends

CDC COVID Data Tracker: Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the United States, by County-level Population Factors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths for metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core areas for the nation, by region, and by state.

COVID-19 County Reports
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Current data on COVID-19 cases for metropolitan and nonmetro counties, as well as a collection of data briefs showing trends in COVID-19 cases over time.

Rural COVID Research and Figures
North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
A collection of reports and visualizations examining the impact of COVID-19 on rural areas, including rural hospital and community vulnerability, hot spots, and more.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Rural Areas

COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations for Rural Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Video recording focused on COVID-19 vaccine implementation planning for rural stakeholders. Describes steps for prioritizing populations and allocations, an overview of distribution and administration, vaccination provider recruitment and enrollment, vaccine storage requirements, concerns about vaccine misinformation, and additional strategies for rural areas. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Offers state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs guidance from the CDC on planning and implementing COVID-19 vaccination programs within their jurisdictions. Provides information on identifying critical populations, recruiting and retaining providers, allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Includes rural considerations.

Key Considerations for Counties in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans
National Association of Counties
Information and resources to help counties plan for an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine at the local level. Covers state distribution plans, background information, and county examples.

IHS COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
Indian Health Service
Information from the Indian Health Service on vaccination planning for Indian Country. Includes the IHS pandemic vaccine plan, which discusses administration, distribution, and prioritization of the vaccine and features planning scenarios and facility planning resources.

Key Federal Sites for COVID-19 Information

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The latest information, guidelines, and resources from the CDC on the novel coronavirus outbreak. Information for healthcare facilities and providers, health departments, communities, and other specific audiences. Includes free communication resources for distribution.

USA.gov: Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
An overview of federal government activities in response to COVID-19.

Additional Rural and Rural-Relevant Resources

AAFP: Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Academy of Family Physicians
Clinical management, patient education, and preparedness resources to help family physicians respond to COVID-19. Includes updates on payment and telehealth.

AHA: Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Hospital Association
Resources for hospitals and health systems to help them respond to COVID-19. Includes news from AHA on the latest developments.

CMS: Current Emergencies: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Guidance from CMS for healthcare facilities and labs related to COVID-19. Includes clinical and technical guidance on infection control and prevention for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.

FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Information and resources on how FEMA is assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial governments related to the Nationwide Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. Includes best practices section where communities can share their experiences and learn from others.

FORHP: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Information and resources for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) rural health program grant recipients and stakeholders related to COVID-19 and its impact on rural health programs and rural communities. Addresses funding, telehealth, healthcare delivery, grant-related travel, and grants management.

HRSA Health Center Program: COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners
Bureau of Primary Health Care
Information for health centers regarding how to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. Includes funding, resources, and information to help health centers meet the needs of their patients, including special populations they serve.

IHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Indian Health Service
Information on the federal response to COVID-19 in Indian Country. Addresses testing, access to personal protective equipment, funding, emergency planning, and service delivery.

The Journal of Rural Health: COVID-19 and Rural Health
National Rural Health Association
A collection of journal articles published in the Journal of Rural Health that focus on rural health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes articles addressing treatment of COVID-19, health disparities, and healthcare delivery during the pandemic, including the use of telehealth.

NACHC: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
National Association of Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Lists webinars, provider resources, regulatory guidance, and more.

NOSORH: State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) COVID-19 Response
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Updates from weekly listening sessions with the fifty State Offices of Rural Health to identify the rural health challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19. Also includes resources useful in the COVID-19 response.

NRHA: COVID-19 Resources
National Rural Health Association
Information and resources to help rural communities and healthcare providers address and respond to COVID-19. Includes links to state resources.

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Last Reviewed: 7/22/2020