A new article from Brookings explores the demographics of the new wave of COVID-19 cases as of June 28 in the “Sun Belt”—a region spanning the South and West of the nation. The states with the largest increases in cases are Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At the same time, the greatest decreases in new cases are seen in some of the original hotspots like New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. The demographics of the Sun Belt region are considerably different from the metropolitan hotspots that were hit hard earlier. Notably, Sun Belt cases extend into outer suburban, smaller, and nonmetropolitan (rural) counties, although also reaching urban and inner suburban counties near Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Tampa. The Sun Belt surge is also impacting more ‘red’ counties that supported Trump, while previously many of the hotspots were in ‘blue’ counties. #rural #covid-19
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