Heartland Hit Hard by COVID

Heartland Hit Hard by COVID

(TargetLiberty.org) – Eight governors in the US have yet to issue stay-at-home orders in their rural states even though new cases are becoming more prevalent in their areas. They’re holding tight and defending their positions.

While California and Washington State are proving strict stay-at-home orders are helping to flatten the curve, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have seen significant spikes in recent weeks — as high as a 205% increase in South Dakota.

Rural America is full of working people who can’t do their jobs from home to practice social distancing. These communities also tend to have a higher percentage of retirees and older residents with chronic health conditions. A smaller health care infrastructure compared to large metropolitan areas doesn’t help, either. Many rural hospitals have closed over the past several years, and others were on the brink of closing when the pandemic hit.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and even hospitals in these areas are often last in line for supplies needed to combat the virus.

All of these factors make reacting to the COVID-19 crisis challenging for rural state governors. They have to decide what’s best for their states and their citizens.

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