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COVID Is Straining Rural Hospitals, Where There's No Plan B14:11
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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)
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)

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.

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