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‘They Didn’t Tell Us Anything’: North Carolina Poultry Workers Say Butterball Isn’t Protecting Them from Covid-19

This story was originally published by Southerly in partnership with Enlace Latino NC, a Spanish-language digital media nonprofit that covers politics, government, immigration, and community affairs in North Carolina. Léalo en Español en Enlace Latino NC. Five to six days a week for 15 years, Nora* has clocked into work at 6:45 a.m. at the Butterball poultry […]

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COVID-19 Exposes the Precarious State of Rural Health Care in the South

The COVID-19 coronavirus has arrived in the rural South. Harrison County in central Kentucky is the epicenter of the outbreak in that state; at least six people there have been infected, and more than 150 are self-quarantined. And the main hospital in rural Southwest Georgia, Phoebe Putney in Albany, saw seven of its patients test positive for the virus […]

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After Adding Telehealth in VFW Posts, Veterans Health Administration Now Puts Sites at Walmarts

First came VFW posts. Now the Veterans Administration is adding telehealth facilities at selected Walmarts. The VA cut the ribbon on an appointment space in a Walmart in Asheboro, North Carolina, in December. Walmart donated the equipment and space at five sites across the country, which are part of the Accessing Telehealth through Local Area […]

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Appalachian Hospital Merger Exposes Tension over Rural Healthcare Access

Olivia Paschal is a staff reporter with Facing South, from which this article is reprinted with permission. A group of protestors has been camped outside of the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, for over 170 days, eating, sleeping, and making themselves heard near the entrance. They are protesting the shuttering of the hospital’s […]

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North Carolina’s Most Remote Clinic?

Despite being a business leader in a busy tourist town, Cheryl Ballance sometimes has had to tell summer guests not to come to Ocracoke. “Sometimes, we’d get calls from people who said they were nine months pregnant with a high- risk pregnancy, wanting to know if we had resources for them,” Ballance said. “I’d tell […]