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Rural communities prepare for a second wave of COVID-19

The White House's coronavirus administrator has warned about a second wave of the virus hitting rural areas especially hard.

Rural communities are watching cities like Indianapolis and asking if or when they will be hit with a second wave of COVID-19. The White House is warning it could be worse than the first wave. 

In rural Clinton County where there's lots of space and not a lot people, even on the sidewalks of Frankfort, slowing the spread of coronavirus is becoming more difficult. 

"We have been doing very well until recently," County Health Director Dr. Stephen Tharp said. "It is still at a low rate, but it's rising at a significant rate, so I have concerns that we will be seeing more and more." 

So far, there been only 380 cases and three deaths in Clinton County. But the number of new cases, usually one to three a day according to Tharp, have more than doubled to eight.

The White House's coronavirus administrator has warned about a second wave of the virus hitting rural areas especially hard.

Along with big cornfields, Clinton County has big business, restaurants and stores that draw people from surrounding counties. Local schools are also reopening in a couple of weeks. 

"I don't know if it is going to be worse. I don’t know if it's going to be better," Tharp said.

Even in this small community, public health officials can't convince everyone to wear masks.