Friday, November 19, 2021

New rural coronavirus infections up 10% last week while Covid-related deaths fell about 20%

New coronavirus infections, in ranges by county, Nov. 6-13
Map by The Daily Yonder; click the image to enlarge it or click here for the interactive version.

Rural counties reported about 117,000 new coronavirus infections Nov. 6-13, a 10 percent increase from the previous week. "Rural counties were evenly split between those that had better infection rates compared to two weeks ago and those that had worse," Tim Murphy and Tim Marema report for The Daily Yonder. "Twenty states saw an improvement in their rural infection rates, while 27 had worse rates last week ... In 38 states, the rural infection rate was higher than the urban infection rate."

Rural counties saw about 2,100 Covid-related deaths last week, down 20% from the week before. "The rural death rate remains two times higher than the metropolitan death rate, a trend that started in mid-August," Murphy and Marema report. Click here for more charts, regional analysis, and county-level interactive maps from the Yonder.

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