In the history of public health laws, even rules that have had time to build widely accepted evidence weren’t guaranteed support.
Papenfus is the lone full-time ER doctor in the town of 900, not far from the Kansas line. ““I’m chief of staff and medical director of everything,” he says.
In many communities, the goodwill seen early in the pandemic has given way to COVID fatigue and anger, making it hard to implement public health measures
The vaccine has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. Typical freezers don’t get that cold, making distribution of this vaccine a logistical nightmare.
The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack enough intensive care units.
As COVID-19 spreads, a growing number of rural communities find themselves without their hospital or on the brink of losing already cash-strapped facilities.
Farms have already reported outbreaks among hundreds of workers in states that include California, Washington, Florida and Michigan.
As the COVID-19 pandemic battered large, metropolitan areas this spring, rural hospitals prepared to be next on the frontlines.
When you look at the factors that make a population more susceptible to the coronavirus, rural communities are at higher risk than major cities.
Hotspots are being detected throughout the South, and the virus is seeping into rural communities where hospitals are ill-prepared to meet the challenge.
St. James Parish, La. is the hardest-hit counties nationwide for COVID-19 cases per capita, placing its small rural hospital on the pandemic’s front lines.
Small and isolated rural areas that lagged during the economic boom may fare better, relatively speaking, in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them.
Rural areas face numerous challenges as they encounter a coronavirus: fewer hospitals, longer distances to care and a higher proportion of vulnerable people
Rural residents are in poorer health and have less access to treatment, partly because so many rural hospitals and health clinics have shuttered in recent years