The Daily Yonder
1,976 counties are red zones where COVID-19 infection rates are out of control.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise almost everywhere, but the share of new cases in rural Michigan counties is outpacing the new caseload in metro counties.
According to an analysis by The Daily Yonder
, nearly 70% of the nation's more than 1,900 rural counties now are in the red zone, a term used by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to designate areas where the spread of the virus is out of control.
Tim Marema, editor of The Daily Yonder
, said 44% of Michigan's 57 rural counties are now on that list.
"The surge in rural areas tells me there's really no place in America immune or protected from the virus," Marema stated. "Each community is at risk or will be at risk. It's just a matter of time."
Rural America had more than 82,000 new infections last week, which Marema said is a 16% increase and the fourth consecutive week of record-breaking levels of new cases.
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