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CORRECTION: The map data has been updated to correct the rate of new infections.
More than half of the latest new Covid-19 cases in rural America came from a small number of hotspot counties, most of which are in the Southeastern United States.
A total of 138 rural counties accounted for approximately 11,300 of the 18,400 new cases originating in rural areas from June 14-21. Those localities represent just 7% of rural counties but over 50% of new cases.
Seventy-seven of the hotspot counties are in the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
North Carolina had the greatest number of hotspot counties, 18, which accounted for a total of 1,372 new cases of Covid-19 during the third week of June.
Texas had the greatest number of new cases originating in hotspot counties, 1,590 cases originating in 13 rural counties.
The table below lists the states with hotspot counties, the number of hotspot counties, and the number of cases originating in those counties.
Here is a list of the rural hotspot counties for the week of June 14-21. Hotspot counties are rural counties that had an average of at least five new cases of Covid-19 during the period, or at least 35 new cases for the week.