General COVID-19 Resources

A wealth of virtual documents, guidelines, and tools (apps, podcasts, videos, etc.) are available to support the overall COVID-19 data collection and response efforts. Follow the links below for:

COVID-19 DISEASE AND PREVENTING TRANSMISSION

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, cough, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Source: CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Symptoms

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations to Reduce Transmission
Articles discussing the potential for COVID-19 transmission via the built environment (e.g., computers, counters, doorknobs, faucets); the authors suggest mitigation strategies that can potentially prevent or reduce virus transmission that may be implemented in the community at large.

Masks for Prevention of COVID-19 in Community and Healthcare Settings: A living Rapid Review
Rapid review created to help healthcare decision-makers know what evidence is available, what evidence will soon be available, and what areas are most promising for future research.

Alameda Health Consortium
Mask on to Move On
This website discussed the campaign to provide education and outreach about the necessity of face coverings.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
COVID-19
Resources for fighting misinformation, advocacy, and public health guidance.

COVID-19 Journal Collection
The Journal provides not only the history and the recent evidence to determine the public health we need but also the forum for diverse opinions about how to best construct the public health we need.

Buffalo Documentary Project
Fight For Good
This webpage includes information about the documentary film produced in collaboration with Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.  The 22-minute film explores the center’s work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease Information and Resources
Information on protecting self and community, symptoms, and considerations for elderly adults. Also includes the latest updates, information on reported cases in the U.S., and more.

Coronavirus FAQs
Includes information on disease basics, how it spreads, symptoms and testing, and more.

Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
This webpage includes information about multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating globally. Several new variants emerged in the fall of 2020.

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
Infographic and guidance on how to wear a mask to effectively prevent COVID-19.

Improve How Your Mask Protects You
Updated on February 13, 2021 this webpage highlights the new recommendations to improve mask protection including wearing a disposable surgical mask under a cloth mask.

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
This guidance has been updated (November 4, 2020) to include: different options for screening individuals prior to their entry into a healthcare facility, resources for evaluating and managing ventilation systems in healthcare facilities and more.

New COVID-19 Variants
Summarized information about what scientists know about the new COVID-19 virus variants.

One-Stop Shop Toolkits
Videos, Social Media, PSAs, Print Resources, Checklists, FAQs, and Web Resources you need to successfully communicate with your audiences.

Print Resources
Resources including ’15 Ways to Slow the Spread,’ ‘How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering,’ and more in 15 languages.

Social Distancing
Information on social distancing best practices.

When to Clean, When to Disinfect, and What Science Says about SARS-CoV-2 on Surfaces
This webinar presented by Dr. Cynthia Ogden on April 29, 2021 shared updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. Dr. Vincent Hill discussed how SARS-CoV-2 impacts cleaning.

Coleman Associations
Podcast Series
A series of 10 – 30 minute podcasts about health center leadership, vaccinations and innovations.

Community Health Center, Inc.
Conversations on Healthcare
In each episode of this video webcast, medical experts talk about various topics related to COVID-19, including several conversations about the new COVID-19 vaccines.

ECRI
COVID-19 Resource Center
Free COVID-19 resources for the healthcare community. Visit this COVID-19 Resource Center often for the latest information and life-saving resources.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
The website is updated regularly and includes answers to questions about the Health Center Vaccine Program and the HHS mask distribution program that started in February 2021.

Hesperian
Coronavirus – COVID-19
Information on COVID-19, how the virus is spread, who it infects, how to prevent infection, and more.

KHQ News
How Effective is a Mask?
Video article on how effective masks are in preventing the spread of droplets that transmit the virus.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine
COVID-19 Responses & Resources
View this webpage for the latest updates on how the National Academies are rapidly mobilizing critical expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to inform government response and recovery efforts and are facilitating collaboration across research disciplines and between the public and private sectors.

Critical Findings on COVID-19
This free document includes summaries and highlights of many of the Academies’ key publications on COVID-19, including consensus study reports, workshop and webinar proceedings, and rapid expert consultations.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Hub for information Community Health Centers can use to strengthen readiness efforts and educate their communities.

Research Fact Sheets and Infographics
Fact sheet and infographic topics include National Findings on Health Centers’ Response to COVID-19, Health Centers’ Experiences with COVID-19 Testing, and Health Centers on the Frontlines of COVID-19: The First 6 Months.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Health Center Engagement in the ACTIV-2 Clinical Trial
NIH recently hosted a webinar explaining how health centers and patients can still participate in the development of new oral, inhaled, and infused COVID-19 therapeutics.

COVIDCode Study
This website details the NIH effort to recruit participants for a study to understand how genetics influence the severity of COVID-19. Please share with potential volunteers who live in the U.S. and have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Point
‘Protect Each Other’ A Doctor’s Message form the Coronavirus Surge
A South Dakota CHC family physician’s message for his patients, his community and his state.  There are various other COVID-19 articles listed on the page as well.

Pandemics Explained
Pandemics Explained; Unlocking Evidence for Better Decision Making
Researchers and public health experts unite to bring clarity to key metrics for COVID-19 response.

Public Health Communications Collaborative
Public Health Communications Collaborative
The Public Health Communications Collaborative was created to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 issues to increase Americans’ confidence in health guidance by communicating the best available science and by quickly correcting misinformation.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Guide with information on activities underway to address COVID-19 in rural communities.

Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Encouraging Adoption of Protective Behaviors to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19: Strategies for Behavior Change
Guidance that identifies promising strategies to make the adoption of protective behaviors against COVID-19 more likely.

The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)
COVID-19 Resource Page
Various articles, best practice protocols, posters, and videos about infection control practices during COVID-19.

University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus
Article on the current science on how masks work, and what to consider when choosing a mask.

USA.gov
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
Information on the federal government’s response to COVID-19.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
Includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Washington Post
A Fast, At-Home Coronavirus Test Will Be Available to Americans This Year
This February 1, 2021 article discussed the White House’s announcement that it is buying 8.5 million rapid coronavirus tests that can be taken at home without a prescription and that yield immediate results.

The Wenatchee World
Why You Should Wear a Mask (It’s the Air Your Share)
Article explaining the way COVID-19 spreads and why masks are an effective preventative measure.

The White House
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Deliver Masks to Communities Hit Hard by the Pandemic
This fact sheet provides details about the Biden Administration’s project to deliver more than 25 million masks to over 1,300 Community Health Centers across the country.

Path Out of the Pandemic
President Biden has implemented a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year.

The White House, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus.org
Includes information on how to prepare and protect yourself, what to do if you think you are sick, symptoms, who is most at risk, what social distancing is, and more.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
Updates and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public
Information includes Q&As, staying safe at gatherings, and handling misinformation.

 

CURRENT DISEASE STATUS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the U.S.
Includes cases and vaccine administration statistics. Page updated daily with data confirmed at 4:00PM ET the day before.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly (MMWR) Novel Coronavirus Reports
All MMWR reports regarding COVID-19 from February to the present. There is also a link to the MMWR COVID-19 Weekly Briefing Podcast that highlights the latest scientific information from the COVID-19 response.

Science Update
Sign up to receive the COVID-19 Science Updates in your inbox.  This weekly series provides brief summaries of new COVID-19-related studies on many topics, including epidemiology, clinical treatment and management, laboratory science, and modeling.

Dan’s COVID Charts
Dan’s COVID Charts
Normalized COVID-19 data presented in useful, interesting ways.

The COVID Tracking Project
Rt: Effective Reproduction Numbers
These are up-to-date values for Rt, a key measure of how fast the virus is growing.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
Health Center COVID-19 Survey: National Summary Report
Published COVID-19 data collected from HRSA-funded health centers.

Health Center COVID-19 Testing
Dashboard that provides a high-level view of total COVID-19 tests conducted and the distribution of positive COVID-19 tests by race and ethnicity.

Health Center Program Look-Alikes COVID-19 Survey: National Summary Report
Published COVID-19 data collected from federally-qualified health center look-alikes.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
COVID-19 Projections
Projections for use of hospital resources, deaths per day, total deaths, and more for the nation as a whole and state-by-state.

Johns Hopkins University
Coronavirus Resource Center: Tracking
Global cases and trends, updated daily.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Community Health Centers’ Role in Delivering Care to the Nation’s Underserved Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Article published in December 2020 that examines how health centers have adapted their service delivery models during the pandemic response and the current challenges they face continuing to meet patients’ needs.

Kaiser Health News (KHN)
COVID-19: Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak
Consistently updated page of news stories about coronavirus.

Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University 
In the COVID-19 Pandemic, Community Health Centers Are the Front Line for High-Risk, Medically Underserved Communities
Update that underscores the central role of health centers in controlling community spread while ensuring that patients have access to their regular source of health care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

MedPage Today
Infectious Disease – COVID-19
News updates related to coronavirus.

Medscape
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
News updates related to coronavirus.

Modern Healthcare
Coronavirus
News updates, perspectives, clinical guidelines, and more.

The New York Times
When Could the U.S. Reach Herd Immunity?
Article published in February 2021 that considers all the variables to predict possible timelines of reaching herd immunity in the U.S.

Rural Community Health Network
64 Months Into the COVID-19 Pandemic, Community Health Centers Report Signs of Improvement, But Face Financial Uncertainty
Analysis reports on the experience of the nation’s community health centers over a six-month period. (October 2020)

Data Note: Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #32): The Status of Community Health Centers as the Nation Enters the Worst Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A new data note summarizes survey data collected by HRSA, as reported for the week of November 6, 2020, and also reports updated trends data for the seven-month period from April through November 6.

Nearly Half of Community Health Center Patients Qualify for Phase One COVID-19 Vaccinations.
Nearly half of all patients served by community health centers (CHCs) qualify for phase one COVID-19 immunizations under priority guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Census Bureau
COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
The site provides access to data that may be useful in decision-making, including state and local data on at-risk populations, poverty, health insurance coverage, and employment.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS Protect Public Data Hub
This site provides information on the current state of the American health care system.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Weekly Epidemiological Update and Weekly Operational Update
The Weekly Epidemiological Update provides an overview of cases and deaths, highlighting key data and trends; as well as other pertinent epidemiological information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

REGION VIII COVID-19 COMBINED HEALTH CENTER DATA SUMMARIES

Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)
Aggregated Region VIII health center COVID-19 data including percentage of health centers with testing capacity, patients tested and tested positive for COVID-19, percentage of racial and/or ethnic minority patients tested positive, and more. Data is aggregated weekly through 6/4/21 and biweekly as of 6/18/21.