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Data Shows Higher Infection Rates In Rural Areas

Dubuque County has started reporting COVID-19 data by zip code. That data shows higher percentages of the population in smaller towns have contracted the virus when compared to urban areas. For example data shows that in zip code 52001, which covers parts of Dubuque and Sageville, 3.8 percent of the population has been infected with the virus. On the other hand zip code 52046 covers Farley. That is a much smaller area, but 5.6 percent of the population has contracted the virus at some point. Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that people in rural towns cannot let their guard down. She says mayors in small towns could reconsider the option of implementing a face mask ordinance much like the one in place in the city of Dubuque. Corrigan says it is especially important that people follow safety guidelines because hospitalization rates in the county have increased 76 percent in the last month.

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