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NBC News: Coronavirus strains rural hospitals to ‘the absolute limit’

Although coronavirus has yet to make the same harsh impact on rural communities as in metropolitan areas around the United States, their financial reality may drastically reduce their best efforts when preparing for the worst.

Most facilities have already to turned to telehealth in order to minimize that one-on-one contact. However, as Beth O’Connor, director of the Virginia Rural Health Association, states, “Many of our rural families, and even many of our rural hospitals and clinics, don’t have the bandwidth that they need to be able to participate in telehealth service. So when you have something like this pandemic when you would prefer to see someone virtually, it’s just not possible.”

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How to Make a Face Mask: Protection Against COVID-19

Join others in learning how to sew face masks for your community members that desperately need them! Click HERE to view easy-to-follow instructions and a video made by Deaconess Hospital staff.

 

AmeriCorps VISTA: Service Spotlight

This week, AmeriCorps wishes to recognize the efforts of their VISTA members and the work being done throughout the communities they serve. As part of our introduction to Wise County, Virginia – GMEC along with our VISTA member – led the incoming family medicine residents on an exercise to help them better understand their patient population. Check out what one of the residents had to say about their experience…

AmeriCorpsVISTA Service Story