Rural hospitals strained by virus
Last updated 5/18/2020 at 5:49pm
DAVENPORT — Rural medical centers like Lincoln Hospital and its clinics are struggling to survive during the coronavirus shutdown.
A shortage of patients has prompted Lincoln Hospital officials to ask employees to take volun- tary standby unemployment.
“We are doing everything in our power to avoid mandatory furloughs,” CEO Tyson Lacy said.
The misconceptions of hospitals being overran by patients sick with COVID-19 are scaring would-be patients from visiting for other issues. As a result, rural hospitals are mostly empty.
That’s putting a strain on the hospital, officials said. Tha...