In the latest COVID-19 update from The Daily Yonder, the rural COVID-19 infection rate decreased by 20% last week, possibly due to the Thanksgiving holiday and delays in state reporting.

As of Nov. 27, the state of New York has the highest rural infection rate, with 482 cases per 100,000 people, twice as high as the state’s urban infection rate.

From the update: “New infections in rural counties fell to about 100,000 last week, a drop of nearly 20% compared to two weeks ago. Covid-related deaths in rural counties dropped by nearly 30% to 1,380. New infections and deaths declined by similar percentages in metropolitan counties last week. Before this week’s decline, rural infections had increased slightly for three weeks in a row.

The death rate from Covid-19 in rural counties remained more than two times higher than the death rate in urban counties. The rural infection rate was about 40% higher than the urban infection rate. Rural counties have had significantly higher rates of death and infections than urban areas since mid-August.”

Note: The Yonder’s weekly report on rural COVID-19 vaccinations will return this week.

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