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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Coronavirus hospitalizations are rising in 37 states, and rural hospitals are feeling the brunt of the fall surge. Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, has just three ICU beds total. Doctors say for the first time, they're unable to transfer patients to larger hospitals.



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Short article, but here's the salient point:

Rural areas and medium-sized cities accounted for 20% of the first 100,000 to die from the coronavirus, according to reporting from NPR, and they accounted for nearly half of the second 100,000. Rural states now lead the country in per capita COVID-19 hospitalizations. In at least four Midwestern states--South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin--an alarming 20% of recent tests are positive.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-10-21 07:45 AM | Reply

"Rural hospitals overwhelmed as COVID cases soar nationwide"

"It can't happen here."

-Rural conservatives, March 2020

"In at least four Midwestern states--South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin--an alarming 20% of recent tests are positive."

I think we're looking at a post Sturgis effect.

#2 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-10-21 08:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#1 ... In at least four Midwestern states--South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin--an alarming 20% of recent tests are positive. ...

20% testing positive?

COVID-19 is ravaging those states.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-21 11:37 AM | Reply

This was predictable from day 1.

Urban centers will follow suit over the next month and then there won't be any capabilities to shuffle patients around. You'll show up, get turned away and have to fend for yourself at home.

Yet more unnecessary self-inflicted pain in a country full of selfish, arrogant, ignorant morons.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-21 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... You'll show up, get turned away ...

You mean like this...

Some KC-area hospitals forced to turn away ambulances as COVID-19 hospitalizations climb

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-21 02:33 PM | Reply

Rural Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar Nationwide

Womp womp.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-21 02:37 PM | Reply

More death please,with a side of permanent disability. Trump's version of WINNING.

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-10-21 02:43 PM | Reply

Here in a rural Colorado county we currently have zero active cases. But I think we've been very lucky. Half these people are anti-maskers. I feel like it's only a matter of time....

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-10-21 03:36 PM | Reply

It affects virtually nobody.

#9 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-10-21 03:37 PM | Reply

"Womp womp.

Tamp down your glee ghoul.

#10 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-21 04:06 PM | Reply

Darwin, do your thing.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-10-21 04:07 PM | Reply

All the hospitals in the country would be overwhelmed if the herd immunity experiment were tried in this country; 70 percent of the population would need to be infected, 200 or so million people... and with no guarantee of immunity.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-21 05:34 PM | Reply

Slowest trainwreck ever!

It's painfully slow.

And it actually kills 3%(ish) of onlookers.

#13 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-10-21 05:34 PM | Reply

Tamp down your glee ghoul.


It is depressing, isn't it. That conservatives electing a president who only tries to be a president for conservatives, who only cares about lavishing benefits on red states and punishing blue states, has caused such polarization. That it has brought down liberals to self absorbed and narcissistic level of conservatives.

I feel the pull myself. To tell them to fend for themselves. That their stupidity and ignorance and racism is what brought this on. But, they are still people, even if they are stupid people that are doing their level best to divide and destroy this country. They don't deserve to die, even though they thought liberals in cities deserved to die when this pandemic started. Though, a good argument could be made that they deserve to have their vote taken away.

#14 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-10-21 05:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I've heard rumors large east coast grocery chain has been quietly stocking extra supplies for weeks in anticipation of the fall surge.
As if this was predictable.

#15 | Posted by Docman at 2020-10-21 07:34 PM | Reply

Remember when it was just a Blue State problem, and Trump turned his back us?

Ahhh, good times, eh Phestor?

I wish for Red States fighting the Trump Virus, what they wished on Blue states.

Seems fair dont it?

#16 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-10-21 11:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No evidence we can reach herd immunity for this one. Sweden hasn't. We never reached herd immunity for measles or polio and those disease were endemic to humans for what millennia? We only beat those diseases with a vaccine.

#17 | Posted by dibblda at 2020-10-22 12:30 AM | Reply

Trumps base is being overwhelmed by the Trumpy Virus.

Who would have guessed?

Uncle Fester is being underwhelmed by our response to that news.

Who would have guessed?

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-22 09:31 AM | Reply

Whippy&sour, please don't wish death on American citizens. It will not bide good for your soul.

#19 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-22 09:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

We never reached herd immunity for measles or polio and those disease were endemic to humans for what millennia? We only beat those diseases with a vaccine.


Actually...we did. Problem is that it's not permanent.

When you see a disease that comes and goes in cycles, it can be caused by genetic changes (ie influenza) or persistence in the population with outbreaks occurring when sufficiently large non-immune populations accumulate.

Polio cases per year bounce around over time until the vaccine is introduced.

It turns out one of the issues was that children were being exposed to poliovirus at an older age because of improvements in sanitation. Normally, you get infected as an infant and it's just a GI infection with transient GI symptoms and fever/malaise.

For whatever reason, exposure later in life increased the odds of developing poliomyelitis. You get a large enough population of children in a locale and you get an outbreak. Then a few years later it happens again once the population of children has grown again.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-22 11:18 AM | Reply

South Dakota had no cases.

South Dakota has major motorcycle rally in August.

South Dakota starts seeing cases rise quickly and now has no hospital beds.

Coincidence I'm sure.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-10-22 12:27 PM | Reply


#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-22 12:31 PM | Reply

Why controlling the pandemic is important:

INBOX: Chief medical offices for 110 of Michigan's 137 hospitals have issued a joint statement about #COVID19 growing, warning "our entire healthcare system (is) at risk of another capacity crisis ... if Michigan doesn't change its approach to this disease."

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-10-22 01:03 PM | Reply

"Conservatives" don't pay attention to warnings. See 9/11, global warming...

#24 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-10-22 02:26 PM | Reply

Isn't the death penalty supposed to be a deterrent?

That's what all the conservatives tell me.

#25 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-10-23 03:00 AM | Reply

It will not bide good for your soul.


Supporting the criminal negligence and disastrously incompetent impeached Trumpy administration which allowed hundreds of thousands of American souls to perish won't look too good on your heavenly admissions application.

Remember. Eternity is a very long time.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-23 11:54 AM | Reply

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