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By Jeremy Burnham
The Davenport Times 

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...

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