‘Small Town, No Hospital’: Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Rural West Texas (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Small Town, No Hospital’: Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Rural West Texas. “Out past the seesawing oil pumpjacks of Midland and Odessa, where roadrunners flit across two-lane roads and desert shrubs freckle the long, beige horizon, the Big Bend region of Texas is one of the most remote parts of the mainland United States and one of the least equipped to handle an infectious disease outbreak. There is just one hospital for 12,000 square miles and no heart or lung specialists to treat serious cases of Covid-19. But in a sign that the virus is surging nearly everywhere, the counties that include Big Bend ranked among the top 20 in the nation last week for the most new cases per capita.”

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