Wednesday, September 09, 2020

New rural coronavirus cases increase for the second week in a row as metro cases drop; see county-level data

New coronavirus infection rates from Aug. 29-Sept. 5. Daily Yonder map;
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The number of new coronavirus infections in nonmetropolitan counties "grew again last week, marking the second week in a row that rural cases increased while metropolitan cases declined," Tim Murphy and Tim Marema report for The Daily Yonder. "New rural infections increased by 5% from Saturday, August 29, to Saturday, September 5, from 49,100 to 51,600. During the same period, the number of new cases in metropolitan counties declined slightly, dropping by 0.2%, to approximately 237,000. Metropolitan cases have declined for six consecutive weeks."

The number of rural "red-zone" counties increased from 767 to 806, breaking last week's record. Red-zone counties are those with at least 100 new cases per 100,000 people in a week, as defined by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. "The number of new cases that originated in rural red-zone counties grew by more than 17%, an indication that the virus is deepening in these harder-hit areas," Murphy and Marema report. "This is the first time the number of cases originating in rural red-zone counties has increased in four weeks."

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