Transcript for US communities with highest rate of death from COVID-19
Tonight our ABC news investigation continuing this looking at the 100 U.S. Counties with the highest death ll. Here's Steve osunsami. Let them know that all they got to do is call on the name of Jesus. Reporter: Reverand Willard Weston in Terrell county, Georgia, says that church services here have never been this empty. So now he livestreams them online, on some nights from his home. God wants you to be blessed. Reporter: Families still worry that if they come to churchey could get sick and die. The coronavirus hit this rural community hard. 33 people were killed during the height of the pandemic. Does it surprise you to know that your county is on the list of one of the hardest hit places in America? No, I'm not surprised. Because it was happening so frequently. Reporter: ABC news and our abc-owned stations across the country have taken a close look at the data, and it shows the 100 counties in the U.S. With the highest rate of death. What many of they have in common -- most are rural, poor and have limited access to quality health care. The hardest hit -- Gove county, Kansas. And it's been hard because we have cared for them so long. Reporter: In south Georgia, there were so many graveside funerals, the ministers here had trouble clearing the red Georgia clay from their shoes. And then in October, the strain of this pandemic closed one of the few remaining hospitals. When this hospital closed, it was devastating to people in the part of Georgia. It served patients across six counties and was a life saver during the height of the covid crisis. Now those patients have to drive up to an hour away to get to a hospital. What happens if this county sees March again? I think we may see a lot of fatalities. Reporter: We were moved by the story of one woman who lost three relatives and told us it feels like the rest of the country has forgotten about her part of America. Here at the CDC they're out with a new report that shows that at the height of this pandemic the cities hit hardest where you are urban areas. Tonight it's small towns. We can't forget about these communities where someone knows someone moved and touched by this.
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