Rural COVID Patients Putting Strain on Larger Hospitals

Some of Missouri’s largest hospitals are getting an increased number of COVID-19 patients from rural areas.

During a briefing Thursday in Springfield, Governor Parson says he met with CoxHealth in Springfield and the southwest Missouri hospital is feeling that strain.

According to Kansas City Public Radio, Kansas City area hospital leaders say admissions are being pushed over the top there because of patients coming from rural areas. Around 68% of Missouri counties lack intensive care units.