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

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jul 30, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration making changes regarding the forgiveness of loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This interim final rule is effective July 28, 2021. This final rule also extends the loan deferment period for PPP loans when the borrower files a timely appeal of a loan review decision. Comments are by August 30, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between July 18-24, 2021. Finds the number of new infections increased significantly for the fourth consecutive week, while the death rate remained unchanged. Includes an interactive map highlighting "red-zone" counties and reports that the Deep South is experiencing the fastest growth in new infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 29, 2021 - The Small Business Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding various forms used for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by September 27, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2021 - The Small Business Administration is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget for, and seeking public comments on, an information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by September 27, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 28, 2021 - COVID-19 cases in the U.S. increased after months of decline due to the spread of the delta variant, with the highest case increases in the South and Southwest. Describes how states with the biggest outbreaks in the nation have COVID-19 vaccination rates below the U.S. average. Includes maps of states' percent change in COVID cases in the last four weeks and percent of population unvaccinated.
Source: NBC News
Jul 27, 2021 - Blog post highlights Maine's successful COVID-19 vaccination efforts, despite having the highest proportion of rural residents and older adults, a large immigrant population, and no statewide network of county public health departments. Attributes Maine's success to the hard work of the state's nonprofit integrated health systems and volunteers, and initiatives to provide vaccines to hard-to-reach populations.
Source: Health Affairs
Jul 26, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services correcting an email address printed in the July 16, 2021 notice with the same title.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 26, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on a proposed information collection titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation, as well as to report on how funds were used during the spending period. Comments are due by September 24, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 26, 2021 - Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of July 22, 2021. Finds that the rural vaccination rate increased 0.3 percentage points from the previous week. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates, a graph detailing the weekly nonmetropolitan/metropolitan percent of population completely vaccinated since April 2021, and a table of vaccination rates for all 50 U.S. states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 23, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 7/29/2021