Covid-19 Surge in Illinois Is Inflamed by Rural Counties

Shift follows a broader trend in the Midwest since July, in which cases in rural areas have outpaced those in urban ones in several states

Scientists are working at breakneck speed to develop an effective vaccine for the coronavirus. Their ultimate goal: to immunize enough of the world’s population to reach herd immunity. WSJ explains. Illustration: Jacob Reynolds

As new coronavirus cases continue to decline nationally香蕉视频苹果下载, health officials and business leaders in rural parts of Illinois are raising alarms about rising infection rates that are fueling a steady increase in positive cases statewide.

In the past two weeks, eight of the 10 counties in Illinois with the fastest rates of new Covid-19 cases per capita were in smaller nonmetropolitan counties across the state, compared with two metro counties, according to an analysis of data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.

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