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By Nathan Beacom
Policy Associate 

COVID-19 reveals shortages in rural health care


December 3, 2020

In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in New York City. Now, as the COVID-19 virus surges to a new peak, these shortages have reached rural areas, where hospital systems are often under-resourced and understaffed.

In Nebraska, rural counties are seeing record numbers of hospitalizations. As of last week, in the region surrounding Platte County, there was only one available intensive care unit bed, with rural areas in the state reporting less than 10% of open ICU beds.

In response, federal and state officials made moves to increase...

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