In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The 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 70, Issues 6-10 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. 

March 12, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 10 Featured Article: 

“’Notes from the Field’: Opioid Overdose Deaths Before, During, and After an 11-Week COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order — Cook County, Illinois, January 1, 2018-October 6, 2020”  

This report provides estimates of opioid-involved fatal overdoses in Cook County, Illinois before, during, and after the Illinois COVID-19 stay-at-home order, which was lifted on May 30, 2020. 

March 5, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 9 Featured Article:  

“SARS-CoV-2 Infection Risk Among Active Duty Military Members Deployed to a Field Hospital — New York City, April 2020”  

This infection risk study highlights the importance of protecting healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the implementation and enforcement of a robust infection control plan, among the 336 soldiers participating in the study the overall infection rate was 1.7%; while the rate among those involved in direct patient care was 0.9%. 

February 26, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 8 Featured Article:  

“Clusters of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Elementary School Educators and Students in One School District — Georgia, December 2020-January 2021”  

This report explores the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in a single Georgia school district, finding that educator-educator or educator-student transmission accounted for 15 of 31 school-associated cases.  

February 19, 2021/ Volume 70 No.7 Featured Article: 

“Trends in Use of Telehealth Among Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 26-November 6, 2020”  

This report underscores that telehealth has been an important tool throughout the COVID-19 pandemic used to facilitate access to care, reduce risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, conserve scarce medical supplies, and reduce strain on health care capacity and facilities while supporting continuity of care.”  

February 12, 2021/ Volume 70 No.6 Featured Article:  

Observed Face Mask Use at Six Universities — United States, September-November 2020”  

Correct use of face masks limits COVID-19 transmission, and many colleges and universities across the country have mask mandates in place. This study explores face mask use at six universities finding that indoors 91.7% of individuals wore masks correctly.  


For more information, visit our Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Special Collection or our In Focus: 2019 Novel Coronavirus collection. You can also find pandemic-related resources in our HSDL Featured Topics on Pandemics and Epidemics. Please note that an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources. 

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