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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 20, 2022 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comment on revisions to the ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Evaluation Surveys, which includes the COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (CABS) and the Monthly Outcome Survey (MOS). Information collected will be used to determine whether the campaign is having the intended impact on target audiences' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and adherence to preventative behaviors. Comments are due by June 21, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 18, 2022 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of May 9-15, noting a continued rise in new cases in both rural and urban areas. Provides a county-level data map, charts of infection and mortality rate trends, and state-by-state comparisons of metro and nonmetro changes in infection rates.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 11, 2022 - Reports on COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of May 2-8 in rural and urban areas, noting a 16% increase in rural infections from 2 weeks prior. Offers a county-level data map, state-by-state comparisons, and charts of infection and mortality rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 10, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual public meeting on May 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of COVID-19 vaccines. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting will be available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2022 - Marks the milestone of 1 million deaths to COVID-19 in the U.S. by analyzing mortality data by 5 metrics: early and late periods of the pandemic, by age, for vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, rural and urban, and for poorer and wealthier populations. Rural and urban data includes mortality, hospitalization, and vaccination rates over time.
Source: Stat
May 9, 2022 - The Food and Drug Administration has revoked Emergency Use Authorizations issued to Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., and Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., related to COVID-19 detection and diagnosis tests.
Source: Federal Register
May 7, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of Native American organizations, tribal nations, and the Indian Health Service (IHS) to vaccinate rural populations in Arizona, which is the only state with higher rural COVID-19 vaccination rates than metro rates. Describes disparities in COVID-19 infection and mortality for Native American communities and notes a high turnout in rural counties along the U.S-Mexico Border, including a county that had a vaccination rate of 146% through providing vaccines to laborers from Mexico and visitors to the area.
Source: AP News
May 5, 2022 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates during the week of April 25-May 1, noting a more than 50% increase over the past 2 weeks. Offers a county-level data map, state-by-state comparisons, and infection and mortality trends over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 4, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing that federal funds for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program are authorized at 100 percent of total eligible costs for work performed from January 20, 2020, through July 1, 2022. This notice applies to all major disaster declarations and related determinations resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 2, 2022 - Presents findings of a survey shows that only 15% of adults and 14% of teens in rural areas feel that vaccines provide good protection from diseases, discussing the findings in relation to rural vaccination in Illinois. Notes that COVID-19 vaccination rates in some parts of rural Illinois are below 40% and that healthcare providers are considered the most trusted source of information on vaccines.
Source: The Center Square

Last Updated: 5/20/2022