Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words
December 2, 2020
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Lauren Hughes, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Jennifer Bacani McKenney, University of Kansas
(THE CONVERSATION) It's difficult to put into words how hard COVID-19 is hitting rural America's hospitals. North Dakota has so many cases, it's allowing asymptomatic COVID-19-positive nurses to continue caring for patients to keep the hospitals staffed. Iowa and South Dakota have teetered on the edge of running out of hospital capacity.
Yet in many communities, the i...