In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly ReportThe Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and scientific studies from some of the top minds in the United States. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic, we are highlighting some of the most current and informative COVID-related studies included in their weekly reports.

Here are some articles you may have missed from Volume 69, Issues 46-49 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series.

December 11, 2020 / No. 49 Featured Article:

COVID-19 Mortality Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 14 States, January-June 2020

During the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, the American Indian/Alaska Native community faced a disproportionally higher mortality rate than non-Hispanic Whites. This study finds a similar trend during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that American Indian/Alaska Native persons are experiencing a 1.8 times higher mortality rate than non-Hispanic Whites.

November 27, 2020 / No. 47 Featured Article:

COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with a 10-Day Motorcycle Rally in a Neighboring State — Minnesota, August-September 2020

During August 2020, a 10-day motorcycle rally took place in South Dakota attended by approximately 460,000 people. This study tracks the spread of COVID-19 among Minnesota residents following the rally, finding 86 cases of COVID-19 associated with the rally, including four hospitalizations and one death.

November 27, 2020 / No. 47 Featured Article:

Trends in County-Level COVID-19 Incidence in Counties With and Without a Mask Mandate — Kansas, June 1-August 23, 2020

This study tracks the COVID-19 incidence rate in Kansas following the adoption of mask mandates in some, but not all, of the counties in the state. The 24 counties that adopted a mask mandate saw a decrease in COVID-19 incidence rate following the mandate, whereas the 81 counties without a mandate experienced an increase in COVID-19 incidence.

November 20, 2020 / No. 46 Featured Article:

Characterization of COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities — 39 States, October 2020

This study finds that over 22% of Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) have reported at least one case of COVID-19 among their residents and staff in 39 states with available data. The mortality rate was 21.2% for ALF residents and 0.3% for ALF staff, compared to a mortality rate of 2.5% for the general population of the sates reported.


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