In Rural Areas Spared By COVID-19, Lockdowns Create Political Divide

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The COVID–19 pandemic is hitting some places in the nation hard while sparing others, including many rural areas in the West like Sandpoint, Idaho.

The city has had only a handful of confirmed cases, but the community has been on lockdown for more than a month. All this is transforming a public health crisis into a hot-button political issue in an already deeply divided town.

The Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi (@natehegyi) reports. This story is part of the America Amplified: Election 2020 initiative.

This segment aired on May 27, 2020.


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