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

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 26, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions include modifications to questions relating to vaccinations that expand response options for the number of doses and brand of COVID-19 vaccine received; three items regarding unemployment insurance benefits, with a modified reference period; and a question relating to the use of public transit and ridesharing. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccination as of October 21, comparing rates to urban areas. Notes that the metropolitan vaccination rate is 55.5% while the rural rate is 43.7% but that the gap between the two populations has closed slightly over the previous 2 weeks. Offers county and state-level data maps, charts of vaccination rates over time, and state-by-state urban and rural comparisons.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 25, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of meetings in October 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 22, 2021 - Notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on November 2-3, 2021. The agenda will include discussions on adult immunization schedule, child/adolescent immunization schedule, Ebola vaccine, hepatitis vaccines, Orthopoxviruses vaccine, and COVID 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 is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 22, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of October 10-16, noting that new infections declined by 11% and COVID-related deaths fell by 6.1%. Offers a county-level data map, charts depicting infection and mortality rates, and a state data chart.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 21, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccination, noting that as of October 14, 43.2% of the rural population had completed vaccination. Offers county and state-level data maps and metro/nonmetro comparisons by week.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 20, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on an information collection request 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. Comments are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2021 - Describes collaboration between the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative, and rural organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Cooperative Extension System, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and the National Association of Community Health Centers to develop a series of public service announcements that highlight rural voices and stories involving COVID-19 in order to increase public confidence in vaccination. Discusses the importance of local perspectives to building community trust, as well as the impacts of the pandemic in rural areas.
Source: PR Newswire
Oct 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on October 28, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to present and vote on the Task Force Final Report with recommended Implementation Plan and Accountability Plan for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 14, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 infections and mortality for the week of October 3-9, noting that the rural infection rate was still much higher than the metropolitan rate but that new infections fell around 12% during the week. Offers charts with weekly infection and mortality data, state rural/metro comparisons, and county and state-level data maps.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Last Updated: 10/26/2021