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This Is the County in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 5/17/2022 Samuel Stebbins

© Provided by 24/7 Wall St. There have been 81,417,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States to date - and that number continues to grow.

In the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metropolitan area, located in North Carolina, a total of 106,248 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Adjusted for population, there have been 29,082 confirmed infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- above the national rate of 24,885 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader Hickory metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities -- and of them, Catawba County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 47,959 confirmed infections in Catawba County, or 30,600 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Catawba County than they are across all of the Hickory area, however. There have been a total of 383 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Catawba County, in line with 376 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 13, 2022.

These are all the counties in North Carolina where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it's still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Catawba County, NC 30,600 47,959 383 600
2 Burke County, NC 28,312 25,399 364 327
3 Alexander County, NC 28,231 10,479 374 139
4 Caldwell County, NC 27,404 22,411 377 308

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