Rural hospitals in Houston area brace for coronavirus impact
EL CAMPO, Texas – Before the coronavirus pandemic, rural hospitals are already stretched thin. El Campo may be a small city touting a little over 11,000 residents, according to the 2010 Census. Coronavirus in rural countiesAbout 60% of rural Texas counties have confirmed cases, according to the CEO of Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals John Henderson. Channel 2 Investigates calculated that 31 of the 39 rural hospitals had only two ventilators or less, thanks to numbers provided by TORCH. “I think we are as best equipped as we can be under the circumstances,” said Dr. Brooke Dorotik of El Campo Memorial.