Rural hospitals reeling from Gov. Cooper’s COVID restrictions

From Carolina Journal: “The COVID-19 shutdowns have ravaged rural health care.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration froze elective surgeries to prepare for an onslaught of coronavirus patients and at the same time destroyed a major revenue source for hospitals.

The shutdown cut medical services and weakened rural hospitals.

Those hospitals lost millions while waiting for COVID-19 hospitalizations to spike in their communities. But that surge hasn’t materialized.

Cooper has signaled he will refreeze elective surgeries if hospitals become overwhelmed. If that happens, the damage to rural public health may be irreversible.”

Read the full article here: Rural health care buckles under pressure of Cooper’s COVID shutdowns