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Daily Yonder: Omicron Infections Linger in Rural Areas, Decrease in Urban Areas

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In the latest COVID-19 infection update from The Daily Yonder, the Omicron variant has fully spread to rural America and is still causing high infection rates.

As of Jan. 22, the rural death rate from COVID is nine percent higher than the urban rate, a decrease from December surge rates.

PEW: COVID Changed American Desire to Live In Cities, Suburbs Now Preferred, Rural Unchanged

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In a new study from Pew Research Center, COVID-19 has dramatically changed the average American’s desire to live and work in the big city. One in five Americans still want to live in a city, a decrease from roughly a quarter in 2018. American’s preference for rural areas, however, remains basically the same.

North Carolina: New Study Finds Three Common Factors in Rural Hospital Closures

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In a story for North Carolina Health News, a study completed by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has uncovered three factors that are present when a rural hospital is in danger of closing.

OPB: Rural Pharmacies Closing Due to Middlemen and Lax State Rules

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In a story for Oregon Public Broadcasting, rural pharmacies, already overwhelmed by the current pandemic, are in danger of more closures, as insurance companies and pharmacy benefit mangers add more costs that the already struggling pharmacies must pay.

Stateline: Rural Areas Concerned New Federal Cybersecurity Money Won’t Be Helpful

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In a new story for Stateline, writer Jenni Bergal investigates the new cybersecurity money going to local governments in rural parts of the country. In some cases, leaders worry the new money won’t be used properly, as their communities don’t have the manpower or knowledge to create effective proposals to get their share of the money from the state.