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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 6/18/2021 Samuel Stebbins

a man and a dog in a kitchen preparing food © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 594,888 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 608,657 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,531 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- in line with the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Atlanta metro area comprises 29 counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Heard County in Georgia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 884 infections in Heard County, or 7,570 for every 100,000 people.

Though Heard County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Atlanta metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 188 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Heard County, above the 158 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

These are all the counties in Georgia 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 Heard County, GA 7,570 884 188 22
2 Fayette County, GA 8,179 9,109 158 176
3 Rockdale County, GA 8,818 7,849 195 174
4 DeKalb County, GA 9,013 66,982 143 1,060
5 Haralson County, GA 9,197 2,663 307 89
6 Fulton County, GA 9,670 98,818 142 1,450
7 Meriwether County, GA 9,738 2,056 417 88
8 Clayton County, GA 9,809 27,335 184 514
9 Carroll County, GA 9,929 11,520 211 245
10 Spalding County, GA 9,988 6,464 312 202
11 Coweta County, GA 10,202 14,336 161 226
12 Jasper County, GA 10,244 1,412 276 38
13 Forsyth County, GA 10,373 22,808 92 203
14 Newton County, GA 10,654 11,346 241 257
15 Cobb County, GA 10,720 79,868 147 1,096
16 Douglas County, GA 10,949 15,530 161 229
17 Paulding County, GA 11,077 17,262 147 229
18 Lamar County, GA 11,133 2,061 313 58
19 Pickens County, GA 11,339 3,496 253 78
20 Gwinnett County, GA 11,416 103,006 132 1,194
21 Henry County, GA 11,663 25,811 151 334
22 Morgan County, GA 11,774 2,147 170 31
23 Walton County, GA 11,894 10,720 292 263
24 Pike County, GA 12,985 2,348 238 43
25 Dawson County, GA 12,988 3,099 201 48
26 Cherokee County, GA 13,006 31,464 138 333
27 Barrow County, GA 13,261 10,196 186 143
28 Butts County, GA 13,427 3,189 371 88
29 Bartow County, GA 14,358 14,878 228 236

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