The least-vaccinated localities are in Southwest and Southside Virginia. So are the highest infection rates.
The nine highest localities, and 13 of the 14 highest, are all west of the Blue Ridge.
Virus rates in most of his district are high and getting higher. So what’s the alternative theory on how to beat this virus?
Generally speaking, virus rates are rising where vaccination rates are lowest.
Four of the five least-vaccinated localities in the state are in Southwest. The other is in Southside.
Eight of the 14 highest localities in Virginia are in Southwest or Southside.
It’s not simply because they’re rural because there are lots of rural counties with much higher vaccination rates. So what is it?
Southwest and Southside Virginia still have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.