The US Midwest is suffering.
Texas today became the first US state to reach 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Hospitals across the US Midwest are postponing elective surgeries to treat the influx of new Coronavirus admissions.
The cities affected include:
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Duluth, Minnesota
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Johnson City, Columbia and Cookeville, Tennessee
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Billings, Montana
When resources in larger towns become unavailable, this can impact healthcare for all residents in relatively poorly served states. For example, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis serves the population of eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. For that area, this is a major impact.
Since hospitals make more money on elective surgeries than on Covid care, this will impact their finances as well. This may prompt hospital closings and consolidations, further impacting the availability of care in an under-served area of the US.