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Rural States Have Become Coronavirus Hotspots

Earlier in the pandemic, rural states may have felt protected from infection. Now, though, many have become coronavirus hotspots.
Rural States Have Become Coronavirus Hotspots
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When people think of coronavirus hotspots around the world they may point to India, Brazil, France or Spain. These countries do have high infection and death rates.

Coronavirus Hotspots in the US:

However, two states in the US are now near the top when it comes to grim death rate statistics. Data from North Dakota suggest a mortality rate of 18.2 deaths per million people. South Dakota is close behind with 17.4 deaths per million. 

The two-week positivity rate in North Dakota is about 16 percent, which is alarmingly high. That means out of all the coronavirus tests administered in the last two weeks, 16 percent turned out positive.

Other states in the upper midwest are also suffering. Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin are all reporting extremely high rates of infection. Other coronavirus hotspots include Minnesota, Montana, Utah and Kansas. 

Some governors of states like Oregon and New Mexico and mayors of cities such as Chicago and St. Louis are struggling to keep their places from becoming coronavirus hotspots. Stay-at-home orders and limits on gatherings could help slow the spread of infection if it keeps people from gathering for big Thanksgiving celebrations.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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