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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

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
Mar 20, 2020 - Rural hospitals across Washington state are preparing for the spread of coronavirus by rationing personal protective equipment, setting up triage tents, and popping up COVID-19 clinics. Describes how Critical Access Hospitals are also having to extensively track finances, resources, and staff to continue operations.
Source: Crosscut
Mar 20, 2020 - Examines how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the already-struggling rural healthcare system. Discusses economic and systemic barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, especially for Latino and other minority populations. Includes resources to manage and prevent coronavirus in rural areas.
Source: Salud America
Mar 19, 2020 - Recent regulatory changes have made it easier for patients to utilize telehealth, but rural hospitals in Colorado face many barriers to implement the necessary virtual systems. Analyzes how rural hospitals and clinics are handling the coronavirus outbreak with limited resources.
Source: The Colorado Sun
Mar 19, 2020 - Analyzes healthcare capacity in Western states, identifying rural areas as having more hospital beds per person than urban areas. Includes county statistics on the number of hospital beds and residents over the age of 65, as well as the number of hospitals.
Source: High Country News
Mar 19, 2020 - Analyzes flu death rates across the country as a model for the coronavirus outbreak, identifying rural areas as having higher flu death rates than metropolitan areas. Researchers attribute the disparity to limited access to healthcare and fewer resources in rural areas.
Source: The Washington Post
Mar 18, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has led many schools and businesses to continue online, revealing a digital divide that exists in rural and low-income areas of the country. Discusses challenges to broadband access as well as federal and commercial efforts to expand internet connection and build networks in these areas.
Source: CNET