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The raw numbers may pale compared to major cities, but Blaine County had the nation’s highest concentration of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation yesterday, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

And, its calculation is an underestimate.

As of Friday morning, the community the paper calls Hailey, Idaho—which corresponds with the entirety of Blaine County—had 2.82 cases of the disease per thousand people, assuming 82 cases and 29,000 people. New York City’s metro area—the largest epicenter of the American outbreak—had 43,016 cases spread across 20 million people, or 2.15 cases per thousand.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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