|Percent of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in rural|
vs. urban hospitals in the U.S. (N.C. Rural Health
Research Program chart; click to enlarge)
The second report says the tighter bed restrictions in urban areas could limit rural residents’ ability to get advanced services if urban hospitals limit or reject transfer patients. Conversely, the greater percentage of open beds in rural hospitals could help urban hospitals expand capacity if rural hospitals accepted transfers of patients with less need for acute care. At least one state, Colorado, is already doing this.