Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Populations and Seniors

 

About the Data Insights

Communities of color have experienced significant disparities in health outcomes from COVID-19, as well as barriers to accessing testing. An analysis by the Surgo Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of rural counties have no testing sites, and 35% of rural Black Americans live in testing deserts.

Citation

Surgo Foundation, New Surgo Analysis Identifies Highly Vulnerable Rural Communities as COVID-19 Testing Deserts

 

About the Data Insights

Older adults are at the highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Among the elderly, deaths from the virus are concentrated among those living in long-term care facilities.

Citations

Nursing home data: FREOPP, Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities Account for 45% of COVID-19 Deaths

65 and older data: CDC, Older Adults

These data insights illustrate limited access to testing in rural areas and the impact of COVID-19 on seniors.