COVID-19 Surges in Rural Communities, Overwhelming Some Local Hospitals
Oct 22, 2020
Rural areas across the U.S. experience a spike in COVID-19 infections, while small hospitals lack the capacity and resources to handle a surge of patients. As healthcare workers are exposed to the virus while out in the community, staffing becomes an issue, and larger hospitals do not have enough staffed ICU beds to handle transferred COVID patients.
Emergency preparedness and response · Healthcare workforce · Hospitals · Infectious diseases · Occupational health and safety · Rural-urban differences · North Dakota · Oklahoma