Rural Covid-19 death rates climbed by 90% during the week of January 5th, reaching a rate rural America hasn’t seen since last September. Infections Rural America reported 61,642 new infections last week, a 14% decline from the 72,000 reported the previous week. The case rate was 133.82 new infections per 100,000. More than a third of rural counties had case rates higher than 100 per 100,000. In metropolitan areas, the infection rate dropped by 13%. There were 337,109 reported cases in urban America last week, where the case rate was 119.47 infections per 100,000 residents. More than half of metropolitan counties reported case rates higher than 100 per 100,000.