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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Mar 26, 2020 - More than 100 rural counties reported their first case of coronavirus, bringing the total number of rural counties reporting the virus to 606. Includes a list of the rural counties with reported cases, with Texas and Alabama reporting the most.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 26, 2020 - People are fleeing big cities and heading to smaller, rural towns in an effort to escape the coronavirus. Experts describe how this is a natural response to an emergency, but that it could further spread the disease and overwhelm health care facilities in rural areas.
Source: Business Insider
Mar 26, 2020 - Highlights the Healthy Kids Collaborative that is working to encourage healthy behaviors in children and reduce obesity rates in Wisconsin. Describes how rural areas frequently have less access to healthy food and higher rates of poverty, which can lead to obesity.
Source: The Badger Herald
Mar 25, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis that found rural counties with recreation economies have rates of coronavirus infection greater than smaller metropolitan areas and other rural counties. Includes a county map indicating rurality and number of reported cases of coronavirus.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 25, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found lung cancer patients were less likely to receive chemotherapy if they lived in rural areas or were on Medicaid or uninsured. Researchers describe that rural residents are more likely to have to travel long distances for follow-up treatment.
Source: News Wise
Mar 24, 2020 - Several measures have been taken by the federal government to lower barriers to virtual healthcare services during the coronavirus outbreak, but many rural areas still lack the internet access necessary to utilize telehealth. Describes how this disparity may put rural residents at risk if they have to leave their home to receive care, introduces possible solutions to the issue.
Source: Morning Consult
Mar 24, 2020 - Analyzes the risks that rural areas of the country face if exposed to coronavirus, including health and economic consequences. Includes statistics on the prevalence of chronic disease, test kit availability, and percentage of recreation dependent counties in rural versus urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 23, 2020 - Traveling doctors and nurses could act as a solution to the physician gap in rural America – especially during the coronavirus outbreak. Describes how relaxed licensing requirements have made it easier for travel nurses to move state to state, but a depleting supply of personal protective equipment still remains a concern for rural hospitals.
Source: NPR
Mar 21, 2020 - Hospitals are canceling elective procedures to free up resources for coronavirus patients, but many rural hospitals rely on the revenue from those procedures to continue operations. Discusses how the coronavirus outbreak will hurt rural hospitals that are already in the red and stretched for resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Mar 20, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis which found over half of counties in America have no intensive care beds, posing a risk for older residents who are more susceptible to serious illness due to COVID-19. Describes how hospitals in urban and rural areas may have to decide how to ration scarce resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News