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Instead of nuanced reporting on vaccination hesitancy, the New York Times picked a low hanging fruit of time-tested Appalachian stereotypes, further alienating communities it talks about.
The plans include a combination of greater vaccine availability and more person-to-person outreach in underserved communities. Rural hospitals and health-care clinics are part of the initiative.
A legislative glitch from 2020 Covid-19 relief package put many of the rural clinics at risk of deepening their fiscal distress. Newly passed legislation aims to fix that.
Some drove an hour or more for Covid-19 vaccines, others made appointments at local pharmacies. With shots being administered at community colleges, detention centers, and old square dance clubs, readers report from their communities.
The number of new Covid-related deaths increased last week by 14%. Urban areas saw an increase of only 1%.
Most rural areas are continuing to see improvement in new cases and deaths. But the vaccination rate in rural areas is failing to keep pace with the urban rate in most cases.
The research found that more units are being closed in counties with majority non-white populations. The closures tend to affect small hospitals, often designated as Critical Access Hospitals, more often.
While funding from sources like Rural Residency Planning and Development Program and broadband investments are necessary to meet future rural healthcare needs, experts agree the bottom-up organizing is crucial for systems’ sustainability.
The rural death count from Covid-19 was the lowest since July. New cases increased by a modest 2%.
Michigan and northwest Texas are the hottest spots in the spread of Covid-19 in rural areas.