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COVID Cases Continue To Surge In Rural Oklahoma


Cases of COVID-19 are surging in rural counties of Oklahoma, reaching a record high. Since Oct. 1 cases have increased 24%, according to data from the Oklahoma State University for Rural Health.

About 16% of all active COVID-19 cases are in rural counties with small populations.

The cumulative mortality rate remains higher than in cities, with 34 deaths per 100,000. Rural Oklahoma makes up 34% of the state’s population, but 37% of COVID-19 related deaths.

The state has seen a total of 103,836 positive cases since March.


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Seth Bodine was KOSU's agriculture and rural issues reporter from June 2020 to February 2022.
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