Nationwide Covid-19 infection rates showed virtually no change last week compared to two weeks ago. Death rates, meanwhile, dropped in both urban and rural communities.
The rural infection rate was 79.6 infections per 100,000 last week, the same rate as two weeks ago. Thirty-one percent of rural counties had infection rates higher than 100 per 100,000, compared to 28% the previous week.
Metropolitan counties showed a similar trend with less than a 1% increase in infections since two weeks ago. The infection rate in urban counties was 91.41 infections per 100,000 last week. Twenty-six percent of urban counties had infection rates higher than 100 per 100,000.
Infection rates are likely much higher because the CDC does not report on infections detected through home testing.
Covid-19 deaths in rural counties dropped by 37% last week. Rural America reported 278 deaths, 161 fewer deaths than two weeks ago. The death rate was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Urban counties reported 1,460 Covid-19 deaths last week, a 30% drop from the week before. The death rate in urban America was .51 per 100,000 residents, 17% lower than the rural death rate.
The cumulative death rate in rural America was 408.32 per100,000 residents last week, 37% higher than the urban rate of 298.05 deaths per 100,000.