Reporters for Sky News were looking for a rural location with a lot of coronavirus activity for a video report.
They selected Jamestown, according to Kathryn Ryan-Anderson, marketing manager at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
The video, posted to YouTube on Nov. 19, was viewed by 8,200 people in the first 23 hours after posting.
Sky News is an international news agency headquartered in Britain. The agency sent personnel from Los Angeles and New York to Jamestown on Nov. 18 to produce the piece, Ryan-Anderson said.
The video opens with footage of the Jamestown Area Ambulance Service and notes that crews and equipment from that service went to New York in April at the height of the pandemic there.
"Now it's on their own doorstep," the narrator said. "In North Dakota, case numbers are rising faster than anywhere in the U.S."
The video news story includes comments from ambulance attendants and frontline medical personnel from JRMC.
"We wanted to share with the world what is happening in rural North Dakota," said Mike Delfs, president and CEO of JRMC. "... we want the public not to be a passive participant in COVID-19. That is the strategy behind why we are doing all the interviews."
The video continues with an interview with Steve Inglish, a doctor in the JRMC Emergency Department, growing emotional as he describes treating COVID-19 patients in a small community.
COVID-19 patient Lynn Tucker, wearing an oxygen mask and occasionally coughing, also describes her feelings.
The video also includes residents who question whether wearing a mask or following health care precautions makes a difference.
In its first day online, more than 100 comments have been posted to the video. Many maintain that the coronavirus is a hoax while only two offer sympathies to the area and the medical professionals treating the COVID-19 patients.
The video runs 3 minutes and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK_RUmXCTH0.