COVID Is Straining Rural Hospitals, Where There's No Plan B : Consider This from NPR Health care facilities in rural areas hard-hit by the coronavirus are running out of ways to provide safe care to patients. Unlike earlier in the pandemic, it's more difficult to find hospitals with capacity to spare.

A travel nurse shares an audio diary recorded for NPR in Fargo, N.D., and two health care workers from North Dakota and Utah describe the unique challenges they're facing.

WPLN's Blake Farmer and NPR's Carrie Feibel have reported on the staffing challenges hospitals are facing.

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.

COVID Is Straining Rural Hospitals, Where There's No Plan B

COVID Is Straining Rural Hospitals, Where There's No Plan B

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Ambulances line up at the entrance of the emergency room to drop off patients at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, on Nov. 11. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ambulances line up at the entrance of the emergency room to drop off patients at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, on Nov. 11.

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Health care facilities in rural areas hard-hit by the coronavirus are running out of ways to provide safe care to patients. Unlike earlier in the pandemic, it's more difficult to find hospitals with capacity to spare.

A travel nurse shares an audio diary recorded for NPR in Fargo, N.D., and two health care workers from North Dakota and Utah describe the unique challenges they're facing.

WPLN's Blake Farmer and NPR's Carrie Feibel have reported on the staffing challenges hospitals are facing.

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, Connor Donevan, Lee Hale, and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Carrie Feibel. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.