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Hospitals overwhelmed by COVID, Trump left it up to states to fix

In Nemaha County, a small rural Kansas community of just over 10,000 people, a single nurse triage more than 600 positive COVID-19 cases over the phone because the community hospital where she works is running out of space. to accept new patients.

In fact, county health administrators told the Daily Beast that there was no room left in the nearest regional hospitals, over an hour away either. In recent weeks, the county has seen a massive outbreak of COVID, mainly, doctors say, because local authorities resisted a July order from the governor ordering counties to implement mask warrants.

Nemaha finally implemented that mandate on Thursday, but health administrators say it may be too late, particularly because residents still resist masking and social distancing guidelines. The virus has infected more than 640 people, killed five and shows no signs of slowing down.

“Now we are trying to send patients to the next higher care facility which can be hours away by car,” said a spokesperson for Nemaha Community Hospital, one of the two county hospitals. , adding that if patients are critical enough, the hospital will transport them by helicopter to these advanced care facilities. “It’s very upsetting for all of us. How scary how fast [the virus] multiply itself. “

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