Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:03 AM EST
By OONA GOODIN-SMITH, JASON NARK, DYLAN PURCELL and TIM TAI, The Philadelphia Inquirer, AP
PHILADELPHIA — In April, as the coronavirus gripped portions of southeastern Pennsylvania, western and central counties remained largely unaffected. As the first wave of coronavirus cases ravaged urban hubs like Philadelphia and New York City in the spring, rural Pennsylvania hospitals planned and waited. But many residents bristled at COVID-19 restrictions, not yet seeing the devastation firsthand. Mask wearing was often seen as political, and the mitigation efforts frivolous in towns largely untouched by the virus. But now, it has arrived.