The Daily Yonder continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in rural (nonmetropolitan) counties throughout the United States. The week of December 6–12 brought both a record-breaking number of new cases (220,554) and deaths (3,818) in rural counties. The weekly death rate in rural areas (8.3 per 100,000) continues to be much higher—almost double—that of urban areas (4.5 per 100,000). On a more positive note, the rate of growth in new COVID-19 cases was more modest than previous weeks, hopefully a sign that cases will start to level off. #covid-19 #rural
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