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

News stories from the past 60 days.

Feb 6, 2023 - Discusses COVID-19 death rates over the course of the pandemic, noting that the current gap between rural and urban death rates is relatively stable compared to the first years of the pandemic. Also highlights causes for larger gaps between rural and urban death rates at different stages of the pandemic.
Source: Daily Yonder
Feb 2, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 19-January 25. Notes that infections and deaths declined nationwide, but rural counties in the South had infection rates 17% higher than the national rate. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 1, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has revoked four Emergency Use Authorizations issued to the Mammoth Biosciences, Inc., University of Arizona Genetics Core for Clinical Services, and ChromaCode, Inc., related to COVID-19 detection and diagnosis tests.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking comments on revisions to the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Market Research," which includes five components: 1) COVID-19 Current Events Tracker (CET); 2) qualitative data collection in the form of focus groups, interviews, and dyads; 3) copy testing surveys; 4) message matrix surveys; and 5) creative testing surveys and experiments. Information collected will be used to inform the development of campaign messaging and strategy. Comments are due by March 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the Orthopoxvirus (mpox) public health emergency. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 26, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 12-January 18. Notes that rural areas experienced a 13% drop and metropolitan areas had a 21% increase in infection rates compared to the previous week. Death rates in rural counties were 9% lower than the prior week, but in urban areas there was a 1.3% increase. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 23, 2023 - 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
Jan 20, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 5-January 11. Notes that Covid-19 infection rates in metropolitan and rural areas were lower than the previous week, but rural COVID-19 deaths reached a rate not seen since September. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 18, 2023 - The 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act temporarily required companies with fewer than 500 employees and all public employers to give workers a minimum of two weeks of paid sick leave, but the act expired at the end of 2020. Paid leave regulations vary from state to state and and workers in rural areas face even more challenges than those in cities, including greater distances to hospitals and fewer medical providers.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Jan 18, 2023 - The population in rural areas decreased during the 2010-2020 decade, but grew by 0.13% from 2020-21, according to Census estimates. Powder River County, Montana experienced population growth that would not have occurred without migration, as deaths outnumbered births there during this period. Opportunities for remote work because of COVID-19 may have contributed to rural population growth in the months following the 2020 census.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Last Updated: 2/6/2023