Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to the Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity

November 23, 2020

(NPR) – Many rural communities across the U.S. have resisted masks and calls for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, but now rural counties are experiencing record-high infection and death rates. Critically ill rural patients are often sent to city hospitals for high-level treatment, and as their numbers grow, some urban hospitals are buckling under the added strain.