ST. LOUIS – Arkansas has jumped to first place in a state rankings by COVID-19 case per 100,000 population, overtaking both Nevada and Missouri.
The state, which shares the Ozarks with Missouri, reported a daily average of 475 cases, or 16 per 100,000, a 108% increase in the past two weeks, according to New York Times data.
Meanwhile, Nevada, with a daily average of 450 cases and a rate of 15 per 100,000, fell to second place. Missouri, with a daily average of 865 and 14 cases per 100,000, is third.
Missouri ruled the country for several weeks last month amid an outbreak in north-central counties, as well as the Joplin and Springfield area. Nevada edged Missouri on June 29.
Despite sliding to third place, rural Missouri remains a hotspot for the virus, with 11 of its counties – most in the Southwest – among the top 25 nationally for infection rate during the last week. Among them are Taney County, home to the tourist destination of Branson, and Polk County, the home county of Governor Mike Parson.