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COVID-19 and Rural America
A study from the University of Texas warns that the number of discovered cases may be under-reported.
The number of rural infections is a fraction of the metropolitan number. But through April 1, the rural cases were doubling at a faster rate than in metropolitan areas.
With medical-grade and other disposable face masks in short supply, rural sewers are stitching fabric ones as quickly as possible. Donna Kallner's report from rural Wisconsin includes instructions on making your own masks.
Rural America already has a shortage of hospital beds. Telehealth could help move some patients to a new type of facility powered by broadband. New temporary regulations in response to COVID-19 will allow the change.
The national rate of infection remains about four times higher than the rural average. But the rural exceptions are striking.
As the pandemic steadily makes progress inland, legislators ask the White House if the federal government is ready to help rural America when the need comes.
Rural America was slower to report cases of COVID-19. But the disease is now spreading at least as quickly in rural areas as urban ones.
School boards, food industry workers and volunteers join forces to provide meals for kids who depend on school nutrition programs.
The COVID-19 crisis is forcing layoffs at rural hospitals at a time when clinics need more help caring for coronavirus patients. Will the system respond in time?