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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Columbus, OH 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 Columbus metropolitan area, located in Ohio, a total of 207,550 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,104 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 Columbus, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Columbus metro area comprises 10 counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Hocking County in Ohio has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,201 infections in Hocking County, or 7,724 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 218 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Hocking County, above the 117 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Columbus metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Ohio 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 Hocking County, OH 7,724 2,201 218 62
2 Perry County, OH 8,256 2,971 139 50
3 Morrow County, OH 8,329 2,913 114 40
4 Delaware County, OH 9,552 18,819 69 135
5 Licking County, OH 9,663 16,649 129 222
6 Franklin County, OH 10,076 128,506 114 1,459
7 Madison County, OH 10,087 4,437 148 65
8 Union County, OH 10,490 5,838 88 49
9 Fairfield County, OH 10,833 16,564 133 204
10 Pickaway County, OH 15,068 8,652 212 122


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