COVID-19 Resources

covid-19.jpgNRHA takes seriously the impact that pandemics and public health emergencies have on our members and rural communities nationwide.
 
We’ll continue to advocate for rural communities to have the resources they need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NRHA has launched the association’s COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center to support all rural health stakeholders in receiving critical resources and PPE supply chain assistance. Take NRHA’s PPE inventory survey today so we may help you prepare.

NRHA has compiled the following free COVID-19 resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations:

 

Communicate with your community

Free NRHA/Legato COVID-19 'Call First' Communications Toolkit - https://resources.legatohealthcaremarketing.com/covid-19-toolkit

CDC Communication Resources - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/index.html

RHI Hub Emergency Communication Planning Tools -
https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/emergency-preparedness-and-response#resources

Hospital Administrators Handling COVID-19 Rumors - https://chghealthcare.com/blog/our-business-rumor-mill-covid19/

 

Stay informed

Live summary and announcements
CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

CDC Emergent COVID-19 Announcements - https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls
CMS Covid-19 Office Hours Call (Tuesdays at 4 p.m. CDT) -https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2181#/main/simplify

Home Health and Hospice (2nd & 4th Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. CDT) - https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2165#/main/simplify

Nursing Homes (2nd & 4th Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. CDT) - https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=1948#/main/simplify

Dialysis Organizations (2nd & 4th Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CDT) - https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=1954#/main/simplify

Nurses (2nd & 4th Thursday at 2 p.m. CDT) - https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=1964#/main/simplify

Screening, evaluation and testing
Augusta University Health Virtual COVID-19 Screening - https://www.augustahealth.org/expresscare/covid-19-virtual-screening

University of Alabama Burmingham COVID-19 Symptom Tracker - https://www.helpbeatcovid19.org/

CDC What You Should Know - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

CDC Tests for COVID-19 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html

CDC Evaluating and Reporting Cases - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

Response
CDC COVID-19 approaches for rural communities (new) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/other-at-risk-populations/rural-communities.html

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response - https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus

Risk for small towns and rural communities (new) https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DPCC%20Rural%20Report.pdf

World Health Organization Coronavirus - https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

ASPR COVID-19 Public Health Emergency response - https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/COVID19/Pages/default.aspx

Australia National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Task Force - https://covid19evidence.net.au/

State Department Travel Advisory - https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html

Data
COVID-19 susceptibility score/methodology by county (new)https://www.icip.iastate.edu/reports/covid-19-susceptibility

CDC COVID-19 cases and deaths by county/state - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

NYT COVID-19 state and county-level data - https://github.com/nytimes/covid-19-data

COVID-19 risk severity by county (new) https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/

Worldwide COVID-19 graphical data - https://bit.ly/2QP0TN4

Maps
U.S. COVID-19 map and case count - http://nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

Worldwide Interactive Map - https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

 

For health providers and professionals

Providers
RHI Hub Rural Health Care Surge Readiness Portal (new) - https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/healthcare-surge-readiness

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Clinical Knowledge Navigator https://askmayoexpert.mayoclinic.org/navigator/covid-19/?referrer=mcl

Standard Precautions for Patient Care - https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/basics/standard-precautions.html

Information for Healthcare Professionals - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) - https://openwho.org/courses/IPC-PPE-EN

CMS Office of Minority Health COVID-19 resources for vulnerable population - https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/OMH/resource-center/COVID-19-Resources

ONDCP Treatment and Recovery During COVID-19 Fact Sheet - https://files.constantcontact.com/9b9edb2e701/86d3d2bf-d64f-4210-946f-c1d276e70c39.pdf

ACOG Continuity of Care Clinical Guidance - https://www.acog.org/topics/covid-19

ACOG COVID-19 and Obstetrical Care FAQ - https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/physician-faqs/covid-19-faqs-for-ob-gyns-obstetrics

AANA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the rural setting - https://www.aana.com/docs/default-source/marketing-aana-com-web-documents-(all)/crna_rural_settings_covid-19_infographic_v1-(1).pdf

CMS Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Guidance - https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-sends-guidance-programs-all-inclusive-care-elderly-pace-organizations

Professionals
Resources for Health Departments - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/index.html

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide  - https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf

Information for Laboratories - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/index.html

CMS Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) COVID-19 Guidance - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/clia-laboratory-covid-19-emergency-frequently-asked-questions.pdf

Interim Coding Guidance - https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/ICD-10-CM-Official-Coding-Gudance-Interim-Advice-coronavirus-feb-20-2020.pdf

Medicare FFS Response to COVID-19 - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/se20011.pdf

COVID-19 Nursing Home Visitor Guidance - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html

ASHP Pharmacy Practice Resources - https://www.ashp.org/Pharmacy-Practice/Resource-Centers/Coronavirus

ASHP Drug Shortage Guide and Reporting - https://www.ashp.org/Drug-Shortages

Continuing Pandemic Patient Care Through Telepharmacy (new) - https://onlinepharmd.sjfc.edu/resources/pharmacists-pandemic-telehealth/#resources-for-patients

ASPR Strategic National Stockpile - https://www.phe.gov/about/sns/Pages/default.aspx

National Institute of Environment Health Sciences COVID-19 Resources - https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/covid19worker/

 

Hospitals and Other Facilities

CMS/ASPR COVID-19 Workforce Response Virtual Toolkit - https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/Workforce-Virtual-Toolkit

05.11.20 COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf

03.30.20 CMS Temporary Regulatory Waivers and New Rules - https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-makes-sweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19

CMS Additional Blanket Waivers for LTCHs, RHCs, FQHCs, and more - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf

CMS COVID-19 Relief for Medicare Providers - https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-provides-financial-relief-medicare-providers

Resources for Healthcare Facilities - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html

Hospital/Provider Preparedness Tools - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/preparedness-checklists.html

HHS Data Reporting Letter to Hospital Administrators - https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/04/10/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-hhs-letter-hospital-administrators

CMS Quality Payment/Reporting/Value Based Purchasing Programs COVID-19 Relief - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/guidance-memo-exceptions-and-extensions-quality-reporting-and-value-based-purchasing-programs.pdf

 

Telemedicine

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Tool - https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program

COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Fact Sheet - https://scorh.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CORONAVIRUS-TELEHEALTH-POLICY-FACT-SHEET-MAR-16-2020-3-PM-FINAL.pdf

State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit - https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/downloads/medicaid-chip-telehealth-toolkit.pdf

Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsp5tIFnYHk&feature=youtu.be

CMS Medicare telehealth services benefit video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdb9NKtybzo

CMS Nursing Home Telemedicine Toolkit - https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-nursing-home-telehealth-toolkit.pdf

 

NRHA on COVID-19

Rural Victory: Governmental Hospitals Eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (04.24.20)

NRHA Applauds Congress and the Administration for $10 Billion Rural Carve-Out (04.23.20)


NRHA COVID-19 stimulus rural relief requests (04.06.20)

How to get a Small Business Loan under the Coronavirus Aid Bill (03.31.20)

 

Health and prevention

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Protect Yourself & Family - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html

People at Higher Risk - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/index.html

Protecting your home against flu, coronavirus and, other illnesses - https://www.safehome.org/resources/keeping-house-clean-flu-coronavirus/

Public Health Emergency Dept. Healthcare Emergency Preparation Checklist - https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/COVID19/Documents/COVID-19%20Healthcare%20Planning%20Checklist.pdf

Network for Public Health Law COVID-19 Resources - https://www.networkforphl.org/resources/topics/emergency-legal-preparedness-and-response/covid-19/

Flatten the Curve - https://www.flattenthecurve.com/

NYT on Coronavirus Infection Curve Mitigation - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/science/coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html

 

COVID-19 in rural America

California’s rural hospitals can’t handle a coronavirus wave - https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article241383646.html

Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/well-improvise-a-resource-starved-rural-hospital-steels-itself-for-coronaviruss-arrival/2020/03/14/a724d1ac-6604-11ea-acca-80c22bbee96f_story.html

Daily Yonder - https://www.dailyyonder.com/could-rural-hospitals-deal-with-the-coronavirus-experts-say-yes/2020/02/05/

 

State resources

National Governor’s Association State-by-State orders and actions - 
https://www.nga.org/coronavirus/#actions

Alabama - https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html

Alaska - http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

Arizona - https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

Arkansas - https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

California - https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

Colorado - https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Connecticut - https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Delaware - https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/epi/2019novelcoronavirus.html

Florida - http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/need-to-know/index.html

Georgia - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

Hawaii - https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/

Idaho - https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/

Illinois - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

Indiana - https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

Iowa - https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus

Kansas - http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/

Kentucky - https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx

Louisiana - http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

Maine - https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Maryland - https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Massachusetts - https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Michigan - https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/

Minnesota - https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.html

Mississippi - https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html

Missouri - https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/

Montana - https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

Nebraska - http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Nevada - http://dpbh.nv.gov/coronavirus/

New Hampshire - https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm

New Jersey - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

New Mexico - https://cv.nmhealth.org/

New York - https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

North Carolina - https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

North Dakota - https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus

Ohio - https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Oklahoma - https://bit.ly/38Keiw9

Oregon - https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx

Pennsylvania - https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Rhode Island - https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/

South Carolina - https://scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

South Dakota - https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx

Tennessee - https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

Texas - https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/

Utah - https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

Vermont - https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

Virginia - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

Washington - https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

West Virginia - https://dhhr.wv.gov/Coronavirus%20Disease-COVID-
19/Pages/default.aspx


Wisconsin - https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/2019-novel-coronavirus

Wyoming - https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/