New COVID-19 cases in rural counties now higher than national average

Rural experts at the Daily Yonder document new COVID-19 infection rates for counties at different levels of urbanicity. The research finds that new cases in nonmetropolitan counties are rising, exceeding the national new-case rate as of mid-August, although new cases rates are still highest in major metropolitan areas (and now, lowest in the suburbs). These high rural rates represent a reversal from trends early in the pandemic, when rural places were largely insulated from the spread realized in metropolitan areas. #covid-19 #rural

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