Rural Missouri counties face coronavirus without hospitals

Many parts of Missouri have limited or no hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.

Of the state’s 114 counties, 44 do not have a single hospital, the Kansas City Star reports. More than half the state’s counties have no intensive care beds, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, said rural parts of Missouri are experiencing “an avalanche of challenges.”

Cleaver, whose district includes several rural counties, said the government’s response to the crisis must be equitable for rural Americans.

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