Rural Westerners More Likely to Die from COVID-19 Than City Dwellers

People in rural parts of the Mountain West are dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate than those in urban areas.

Data from the University of Iowa show that rural death rates across the region rose sharply from mid-October through November. Residents in non-metro areas were dying at twice the rate of those in cities, according to Fred Ullrich, who studies rural health at the university’s Department of Health Management and Policy.