COVID spike arrives late, hits hard in rural Kansas county
October 16, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With COVID-19 cases surging in rural areas across the Midwest, a county sheriff in northwestern Kansas found himself struggling to breathe and landed in a hospital room more than an hour from home because there was no space at the local medical center.
The county's emergency management director, the hospital CEO and more than 50 medical staff have also tested positive. Most of the 30-plus residents in the local nursing home caught the virus, and six have died since late September.
Gove County, with a population of 2,600, is among many rural counties in Kansas and acros...