Deep concern for some Iowa hospitals’ viability after COVID-19 crisis

Updated April 6 to reflect new data. Some Iowa hospitals ramping up their efforts to treat COVID-19 victims will not survive the pandemic without an infusion of cash, the head of the professional association for those hospitals said. Moreover, an rural-urban split that puts rural hospitals at a disadvantage when attracting resources to treat patients will widen, Iowa Hospital Association President Kirk Norris said in an IowaWatch interview. “We need a transition model for rural health care or – even assuming we get back on our feet, and they say this is the next six or nine months – there will be hospitals that will not recover from this and will close in Iowa,” Norris said. “These community hospitals need cash now.

Evans: Sick leave for all workers just makes good sense

There won’t be any shortage of lessons to take away from the coronavirus crisis that has sent Iowa and the rest of the United States reeling. One lesson that deserves plenty of discussion now, rather than months from now, involves sick leave for American workers. Paying employees to stay home when they are ill is not just an economic issue for employers and employees alike – although it certainly does involve dollars and cents. It’s just good sense. Paid sick leave – or, more accurately, the absence of paid sick leave – can be a full-fledged public health problem.