HCN: The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands

Sending people to parks means they’ll use the amenities in both the parks and in nearby towns. Grocery stores in the rural West, as in the rest of the country, are struggling to stay stocked, bathroom facilities will need cleaning, and the more visitors there are, the greater chance for injuries that might need to be treated in rural hospitals — hospitals that lack the capacity to treat them. Park employees are also concerned about being put in contact with possibly contagious crowds.
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