Many hospitals in the U.S. Midwest are severely lacking in beds, equipment and, most critically, clinical staff as the coronavirus spreads to rural and small-town America
Another way of looking at this data: can our health care system handle this spread? This map uses bed and ICU availability, case fatality rate + cases per capita as a proxy for load on our hospitals. Hospitals in the Midwest cannot handle what is happening right now.
Convalescent plasma has been crucial to help COVID patients recover but now many Midwest hospitals are concerned they won't have enough donations.
Another way of looking at this data: can our health care system handle this spread? This map uses bed and ICU availability, case fatality rate + cases per capita as a proxy for the load on our hospitals. The Midwest is already busting, along with Alaska and Rhode Island.
Hospitals across the Upper Midwest and the Mountain West are feeling the surge. Facilities are struggling with capacity, and in some cases residents are finding that the nearest hospital with available beds is hours away, or in another state.
Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle coronavirus surge: "It just exploded"
Uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. Midwest and Mountain West have strained hospitals. Sixteen states each added more new cases in the seven-day period ending Monday than they had in any other weeklong stretch of the pandemic.
“Now the coronavirus is striking cities with much smaller populations in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high “The spread has created new problems at hospitals and schools and in the Midwest and West”