As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, rural areas are being hit the hardest. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rural Americans are dying at rates 3.45 times higher than the death rates of Americans living in metropolitan areas.
As of Nov. 13, according to the CDC’s data, the seven-day death rate per 100,000 people for Americans living in large metro areas is 0.2, while in rural areas it is 0.69. The national average seven-day death rate is 0.33.
In addition, the rate of new cases in rural areas is also higher than in urban areas. The rates of new cases in rural areas is 57 for every 100,000 people, a rate that is 1.7 times that of those who live in large, metropolitan areas.
The latest national numbers: The US continues to hit record numbers in this phase of the pandemic, hitting at least 69,993 hospitalizations in a single day on Sunday, the highest it has been yet, and nearing approximately 180,000 cases in a single day on Friday.