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Like the rest of America, small cities and rural areas will celebrate the Independence Day weekend with record numbers of new cases of Covid-19.
Nonmetropolitan counties reported an all-time high of 6,452 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, July 2, the most recent day for which we have national data. That surpasses the previous single-day record, set only two days earlier, by nearly 1,800 cases.
The seven-day average of new cases was also at an all-time high on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average smooths out short-term factors and shows the longer-term trend.
The graph above shows both the daily new cases (the vertical bars) and the seven-day rolling average (the red dotted line).
For six out of the last 10 days, nonmetropolitan counties have set records for new cases in nonmetropolitan counties. The red vertical bars in the graph show the days when nonmetro counties had a record-setting number of new cases in a single day.