Rural preparedness in the time of coronavirus

As the coronavirus has spread across the United States and Arkansas has seen an increase in cases, I’ve been thinking of the rural people I grew up with in Johnson County and how they are dealing with COVID-19.

Some 191,000 Arkansans may need hospital care for coronavirus

Some 908,900 Arkansans may become infected with the novel coronavirus over the course of the next six months, according to an epidemiological model of the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas provided by the Arkansas Hospital Association to its members today. Among those who become infected, an estimated 190,800 Arkansans may need hospital care and 41,400  may need to be hospitalized in intensive care units in the next six months, according to the projections. 

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