Covid-19 death rates dropped by almost 7% last week nationwide, according to a Daily Yonder analysis. Meanwhile, infection rates increased in both rural and urban areas.
Rural counties reported 38,260 new infections last week, less than a percentage point increase since two weeks ago. The rural infection rate was 83.06 new infections per 100,000 residents, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In urban areas, infection rates increased by 6% compared to two weeks ago. Metropolitan counties reported 239,658 cases last week, 13,640 more cases than the previous week. The urban infection rate was 84.93 new infections per 100,000 residents.
The rate of infections is likely much higher because the CDC does not include infections detected through home tests.
Rural America reported 465 deaths last week, a 11.4% drop from two weeks ago. The rural death rate was 1.01 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Urban counties also saw a drop in deaths last week, reporting 5.7% fewer deaths last week. There were 1,805 Covid-19 deaths in urban areas last week, where the weekly rate was .64 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Cumulatively, rural counties had a death rate of 405.95 deaths per 100,000 residents last week, while urban counties reported a cumulative rate of 296.15 deaths per 100,000.