Rural daily rate of new COVID-19 cases surpasses all-time metropolitan high

Metropolitan (urban) counties set a record at the end of July, with the highest daily rate of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people hitting 21.3. Heading into August, metropolitan new infection rates decreased as rural rates increased. By the end of August, rural counties were consistently adding new infections at a faster rate than their metropolitan counterparts. This trend continued into September, bringing a new grim milestone in mid-October: the new infection rate of rural counties has now surpassed the metropolitan peak. As of October 15, the rural daily rate of new infections was a record-breaking 24.0 and continues to trend upward. #covid-19 #rural

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