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July 10, 2020


Rural Ohio Faces High Health Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 6, 2020

Danielle Rhubart, Shannon M. Monnat and Yue Sun
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Ohio was one of the first states to implement interventions to reduce community spread during the first wave of the pandemic. As the state now experiences a new surge in cases, metro counties are home to some of the highest rates.

However, the level of health and mortality risk posed by COVID-19 is highest in the most rural counties. Data from our Index of Severe Health Risk for Ohio Counties (Figure 1) show that 46% of Ohio’s small nonmetro counties face high COVID-19 mortality risk, compared to just 18% of metro and large nonmetro counties (Figure 2). Small nonmetro counties have larger shares of older adults and higher prevalence of several chronic health conditions that increase risk of severe complications or death should one contract COVID-19 (e.g. respiratory problems, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity). In contrast, 43% of metro counties are categorized as having low COVID-19 health and mortality risk. Only 18% of large nonmetro counties and 8% of small nonmetro counties are in the low risk category. Leaders of several rural Ohio counties have pushed back against the state’s physical distancing mandates. Many of these counties are at risk of experiencing high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths should there be an outbreak, so they should support strong actions to prevent community spread.


Telehealth Coverage Policies in the time of COVID-19 

As things rapidly develop regarding what we know about COVID-19, policies around telehealth have also been developing alongside of it. Below is a summary of what is covered by various public and private payers with the information that has been released. Keep in mind that events are evolving and to consider this a living document that could change frequently as new information and new policies become available/are enacted. CCHP will continue to make updates when they become available.

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Communicate with Your Community

The National Rural Health Association has compiled the following free COVID-19 resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations:

Free NRHA/Legato COVID-19 'Call First' Communications Toolkit

CDC Communication Resources  

RHI Hub Emergency Communication Planning Tools


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