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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