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COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Essential Public Health Services and Online Health Communication—Appalachian Kentucky, March–December 2020

Margaret A. Riggs, Kenny Ortiz-Jurado & Keith Klein
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges for local health departments (LHDs). This study examines how stay-at-home orders impacted the provision of essential public health services and subsequent increased use of online health communication by LHDs for rural populations in Appalachian Kentucky during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A survey to gather information about provision of essential public health services was administered to five LHDs representing 13 counties between June 2020 and...

Prevalence and Types of Drugs Used Among Hepatitis A Patients During Outbreaks Associated with Person-to-Person Transmission, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia, 2016–2019

Megan G. Hofmeister, Alice Asher, Christopher M. Jones, Ryan J. Augustine, Cole Burkholder, Jim Collins, Monique A. Foster, Shannon McBee, Erica D. Thomasson, Doug Thoroughman, Mark K. Weng & Philip R. Spradling
Background: People who use drugs are at increased risk for hepatitis A virus infection. Since 1996, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended hepatitis A vaccination for people who use drugs. Since 2016, the U.S. has experienced widespread hepatitis A outbreaks associated with person-to-person transmission. Purpose: To describe the prevalence of drug use, route of use, and drugs used among hepatitis A outbreak-associated patients. Methods: State outbreak and medical records were reviewed to describe...

Registration Year

  • 2022

Resource Types

  • Journal Article


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Wabash College
  • West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services