In the latest rural infection update by The Daily Yonder, rural cases of COVID-19 have declined, but not the rural death rate from COVID.

As of Oct. 23, rural deaths from COVID-19 jumped to almost 3,000, 500 more than two weeks previous and 120% higher than the metropolitan rate.

From the update: “States with the highest rural infection rates clustered in the upper West and Northwest. Alaska had the highest rural infection rate of nearly 600 new cases per 100,000 residents. Alaska’s metropolitan rate was even higher – 697 per 100,000.

The other states in the top five were Wyoming (547 per 100,000), Montana (525 per 100,000), North Dakota (480 per 100,000), and Idaho (417 per 100,000).

Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Louisiana reported the lowest rates of new rural infections last week.”

The rural infection rate is 78% higher than the metro rate, and the rural death rate in 38 states is higher than the metro rate as well.

To read the rest of the update and see the data from the Yonder, click here.