Rural ‘Red-Zone’ List Shortens Significantly for First Time in Two Months

From the Daily Yonder:

The spread of Covid-19 eased in rural America last week, but more than a third of the nation’s 2,000 rural counties continued to have high rates of new infections.

In addition, for the fifth week in a row, rural counties continued to produce a disproportionately larger share of the nation’s new Covid-19 infections and deaths than its share of the population, according to this week’s Daily Yonder analysis of the pandemic in rural America.

For the week of September 6-12, the number of rural counties on the red-zone list dropped from 806 to 701. That’s the first significant drop in more than two months. The White House Coronavirus Task Force defines the red zone as localities with an infection rate of 100 or more new cases per 100,000 in population. That rate indicates that the virus’ spread is out of control, the task force has said. 

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