On January 19, 2021, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll reached 400,000 deaths. Data reported that week from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that 269,593 community health center patients were tested for the COVID-19 virus the week of January 15th, 2021, down by more than 56,000 from the 325,986 reported for the week of January 8th. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (39,221) this week was substantially lower than its peak recorded level (55,163) as of January 8th.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #32): The Status of Community Health Centers as the Nation Enters the Worst Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the nation entered the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that the number of patients tested for the COVID-19 virus this week (244,945) neared the peak level (251,246) reported in mid-August. Similarly, the number of health center patients (31,519) and staff members (1,164) who tested positive for the virus also trended upward, raising additional concern.
Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, Community Health Centers Report Signs of Improvement, But Face Financial Uncertainty
This policy brief reports on the COVID-19 experience of the nation’s community health centers over a six-month period, utilizing data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey from April 3rd, 2020 to October 2nd, 2020. The data demonstrate that community health centers were immediately responsive to the public health crisis, initiating diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus, and adapting care such as telehealth to address patient needs.
COVID-19’s Impact on CHCs: Infographic
The COVID-19 pandemic led to the temporary closure of more than 2,000 Community Health Center (CHC) sites in April. While CHCs rallied to provide testing and essential care, and have worked hard to reopen, the pandemic has put CHCs at risk, threatening access to care.
See the latest infographic from the Geiger Gibson Program and RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative here.