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Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19. Residents of these areas tend to be poorer, older and have more chronic health conditions than those in urban areas and they have to travel farther for access to health care. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases all over rural America, the already financially strapped health care systems and medical professionals are being slammed. 

Several news outlets, including Iowa Watch, Wisconsin Watch, Carolina Public Press, Side Effects Media, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, with support from the Institute for Nonprofit News, are collaborating to understand how the pandemic is playing out in rural communities.

Read the reporting:

Are counties without confirmed cases testing anyone? (Carolina Public Press)

For This Doctor, COVID-19 Deaths Bring Gut-Wrenching Goodbyes (Side Effects)

Many Rural Residents See Little Threat From COVID-19 (Side Effects)

NC hospitals seek nearly $500 million bailout due to pandemic (Carolina Public Press)

Mission Health opens call to community questions about pandemic (Carolina Public Press)

Why Rural Health Clinics Are Cutting Staff, Services Amid COVID-19 Outbreak (Side Effects)

Victim and widow: Virus like bullet shot at you (Carolina Public Press)

Infected Jackson County residents in isolation, officials urge caution (Carolina Public Press)

Cash-strapped and volunteer-dependent, Wisconsin’s rural EMS providers scramble to keep responders safe (Wisconsin Watch)

Emergency order violations could mean charges in Macon County (Carolina Public Press)

Graham closed borders, among last NC counties without coronavirus (Carolina Public Press)

Deep concern for some Iowa hospitals’ viability after COVID-19 crisis (Iowa Watch)

Cherokee County: A Western NC community battles coronavirus pandemic (Carolina Public Press)

NC small-town hospitals ready themselves for coronavirus (Carolina Public Press)

Counties shift gears as coronavirus arrives in western NC (Carolina Public Press)

Coronavirus poses greater risk for populations in some rural NC counties (Carolina Public Press)

Dare closes borders due to coronavirus, requires entry permits (Carolina Public Press)

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