Nearly half of the nation’s rural counties saw an uptick in new cases last week. About a third of rural counties are now deemed red zones, or counties where the rate of new infection surpasses a threshold set by White House advisors. Among three hundred rural counties designated for the first time as red zones this week is Hemphill County, where the number of COVID-19 positive cases has grown in only seven days from 31 last Wednesday, to 40 yesterday, according to a report from the Hemphill County Hospital. According to a report in The Daily Yonder, red zone counties are those where the rate of new COVID-19 cases exceeds 100 per 100,000 residents during a one-week period. The definition was coined in a leaked White House report listing regions that should consider reinstating restrictions because of high infection rates. Based on data from Sunday to Sunday. Of the 40 positive cases in Hemphill County, 19 are still considered active. Five tests were pending according to the latest report, and there have been no COVID-related deaths locally. A map showing the illustrating the surge in rural COVID-19 cases is available online at https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/UIQT7/2/.