Pandemic presents challenges to rural communities October 07, 2020 - 05:00 Posted in: Opinions Whether you are in an urban community or rural Texas, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our families, businesses, communities and schools are far-reaching. What is clear beyond the coronavirus’ public health impact is the significant inequities that the pandemic has laid bare and our state must address. Rural Texas notches higher than the state average and national average in food insecurity and poverty. Health care access is often critically in short supply as hospitals are on the brink of closure. COVID-19 exposes gaps that we knew were there; only these gaps are not cracks but canyons, especially in public education. The ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!