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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, South Dakota – Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the past two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

Bacteria found in water at Western State Hospital

SEATTLE – Bacteria found in the water at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital means no one can take showers or wash hands – at a time when COVID-19 is on the rise.

Militants storm maternity clinic in Afghan capital, kill 16

Militants stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 16 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said.

NYC subway will halt overnight service due to virus

New York City is shutting down its subway system each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning of trains and stations during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Washington psychiatric hospital staffers say virus tests unsafe

Workers who had been exposed to the coronavirus at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital were herded into a small building to be tested. Inside, few wore masks. They were given test kits by people without gloves and told to swirl a swab inside their noses. The method was designed only for people showing symptoms, but the staffers said none of them did. Many told the Associated Press that the flawed testing process this month likely produced inaccurate results and exposed them to the virus again.

Eastern State Hospital nurse dies of COVID-19

Esequiel “Zeke” Cisneros, who worked at the psychiatric facility in Medical Lake for more than 30 years, became critically ill after contracting the novel coronavirus and was treated in a local intensive care unit, his family said in an obituary published Sunday.

Prince Charles opens new London hospital for virus patients

Prince Charles remotely opened a vast temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients at London’s main exhibition center Friday, as the number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in the U.K. surpassed China’s official total.