The Daily Yonder regularly updates this page tracking the impact of Covid-19 on rural America. Scroll down to see county-level maps on infections and deaths, national rural infection and death rates, and other data and reporting on the pandemic in rural America.

The Rural Red-Zone

The Daily Yonder’s weekly red-zone report shows counties where Covid-19 is spreading at more than 500 and 100 new cases per 100,000 people over a one-week period. Click on the map to explore data for each U.S. county.

Cases and Deaths – Running Rural Totals

The dashboard numbers below track the raw number of Covid-19 cases and deaths to-date occurring in rural counties.


Rural Covid-19 Cases
14.12% of all cases in the U.S.


Rural Covid-19 Deaths
15.82% of all Covid-19-related deaths in the U.S.

Source: USAFacts. Last Updated: April 14, 2021.

The Pandemic’s Reach in Rural America

These graphs show the rate of new infections and new deaths in rural (nonmetropolitan) counties and metropolitan counties. The rate is based on total new cases and deaths over one week (Sunday to Saturday) expressed as a total per 100,000 residents.

How States Are Faring

Use the table below to track how many rural counties in your state are currently in the red zone and how those numbers compare to other states and previous weeks. The table reflects the period Sunday, November 1, to Saturday, November 7.

The Rural Stories of Covid-19

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