As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on America, Congress has passed three bills to help the country weather the slowdown in economic activity due to necessary stay-at-home orders. But while these packages included help for individuals, small businesses and state and local governments, the provisions for rural America are sorely lacking.
Reports on struggles to stop the spread of this virus have centered on the tri-state New York area, as well as major cities like Detroit and New Orleans. However, COVID-19 knows no boundaries, and its spread throughout rural America is gaining speed. Given the Trump administration's late start in fighting the virus, infection and death rates will continue to rise and no areas will be spared.
This is already the reality for many rural communities.
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