Rural US virus cases on the increase

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While much of the focus on keeping the COVID-19 situation in check has been on urban areas, a Farm Journal article points out that rural areas aren’t immune to the problem.

Small-town hospitals are stepping up staff and services as coronavirus cases as more cases are being reported in rural areas of states such as Kansas, North Dakota, and Washington. More cases are expected over the next few days, health officials say.

To address the increased demand for services, health agencies are funneling more cash to rural hospitals to support their increasing work load. Officials say these hospitals are facing a significant cash crunch and need money in order to be able to keep their doors open.

It’s expected the stimulus package being negotiated in Congress right now will address that issue.