Rural hospitals brace for downstate surge of COVID-19

  • This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depicts the coronavirus as viewed through a microscope.

    This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depicts the coronavirus as viewed through a microscope. Courtesy of the CDC

  • The graphic depicts Illinois' public health and medical service response regions.

    The graphic depicts Illinois' public health and medical service response regions. Courtesy of Illinois Department of Public Health

 
By Peter Hancock
Capitol News Illinois
phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com
Updated 4/8/2020 5:57 PM

Although the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois so far has been mainly concentrated around the Chicago area, public health officials are bracing for a surge of cases in rural areas of downstate Illinois, including areas that already have shortages of hospital beds, health care providers and equipment.

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