In the latest Rural Data Brief for the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), researchers from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa have discovered that rural deaths from COVID-19 have increased, to twice the metropolitan rate as of Oct. 1 of this year.
From the report: “Both rates were higher in nonmetropolitan areas during the third surge until its peak in January 2021. Following that peak, metropolitan and nonmetropolitan rates declined in similar fashion with incidence rates (for both geographies) levelling off in the spring and then declining until July 2021. At that time incidence rates started rising sharply with mortality rates following suit in August. Although that surge appears to have peaked in late September, incidence and mortality rates remain much higher in nonmetropolitan counties than those in metropolitan counties.”
To read the rest of the report and see the data tables, click here.