With Record Cases, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages : Consider This from NPR The governors of North Dakota, Ohio and Utah all delivered the same message this week: hospital resources normally used for patients with heart attacks, strokes or emergency trauma will soon be overrun by patients with COVID-19.

KCUR's Alex Smith reports on rural hospitals that are already at capacity, forcing them to transfer patients to city hospitals.

Lydia Mobley, a traveling nurse working in central Michigan, says she sees multiple patients every shift who say they regret not taking the coronavirus more seriously.

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Hospitals Pushed To The Brink, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages

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Hospitals Pushed To The Brink, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages

Hospitals Pushed To The Brink, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages

Hospitals Pushed To The Brink, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages

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Medical staff members treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Houston's United Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption

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The governors of North Dakota, Ohio and Utah all delivered the same message this week: hospital resources normally used for patients with heart attacks, strokes or emergency trauma will soon be overrun by patients with COVID-19.

KCUR's Alex Smith reports on rural hospitals that are already at capacity, forcing them to transfer patients to city hospitals.

Lydia Mobley, a traveling nurse working in central Michigan, says she sees multiple patients every shift who say they regret not taking the coronavirus more seriously.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis and Joe Neel. Additional reporting from Kirk Seigler. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.