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  • Tammy Ben Viet was getting ready to leave Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in rural Kansas, where she'd been standing outside, peering into her husband Daniel's room when she thought she saw him wink at her through the window.

  • But Daniel was unconscious, sick with Cove in 19 and hooked up to a ventilator.

  • She was just that one I that he always winks at me, and I just think maybe, maybe if I give one more seconds, maybe he'll wake up, you know.

  • After pounding big US cities in the spring, Covad, 19, has now engulfed rural and small town America.

  • Cases and hospitalizations are spiking nationally, but reported case rates in the Midwest are more than double that of any other region in the U.

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  • According to the Cove.

  • It tracking project up more than 20 times for mid June to mid November.

  • Many Midwestern hospital severely lack beds, equipment and clinical staff, according to Reuters interviews with medical care providers and public health officials in the region.

  • Some are repurpose ing areas to accommodate cove in 19 patients or cramming multiple patients into a single room, and are asking staffers toe work longer hours and more frequent shifts.

  • Hutchins and Regional has 190 beds and only 18 in the intensive care unit due to staffing shortages.

  • I see you charge nurse Christie Sort has been working night shifts, which she doesn't normally dio.

  • We are still having to take care of the same sort of patients that they do in a larger facility with less hands on deck a time.

  • So staffing has definitely been a struggle for us at times, with a lot of people working extra hours.

  • The physical and emotional fatigue is constant and even harder when the patient is a close friend or colleague, which is common in smaller communities.

  • Kevin Hoover has been a registered nurse at Kearney County Hospital in rural Lake in Kansas for 20 years.

  • He often sees friends, neighbors and family come through the doors.

  • There's a gentleman here currently who I have known from my, uh, from playing golf.

  • He is a golfer that I know, and and talking to him, you know, you could just you know, sometimes you can sense the fear.

  • Because of the unknown facilities like irony, known as critical access, hospitals weren't made for this.

  • They mainly provide basic or emergency care to residents who live long distances away from bigger medical centers.

  • Still, medical workers told Reuters that denial about the disease or preventative measures is frustratingly common among public officials, community members and even patients.

  • As Nurse Christie Sort puts it, We're a very divided area here.

  • Even people that air healthcare workers don't always believe in the mask that they may believe in the illness, but they don't believe in the mass to help prevent the spread.

  • All told, Cove in 19 has claimed more than 256,000 lives in the United States.

Tammy Ben Viet was getting ready to leave Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in rural Kansas, where she'd been standing outside, peering into her husband Daniel's room when she thought she saw him wink at her through the window.

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Heartbreak as COVID-19 floods rural hospitals

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/25
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