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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Jacksonville, FL 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 Jacksonville metropolitan area, located in Florida, a total of 157,023 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,643 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 Jacksonville, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Jacksonville metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Clay County in Florida has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 19,444 infections in Clay County, or 9,380 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 170 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Clay County, above the 152 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Jacksonville metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Florida 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 Clay County, FL 9,380 19,444 170 352
2 St. Johns County, FL 9,956 23,447 94 221
3 Nassau County, FL 10,834 8,730 158 127
4 Duval County, FL 11,017 101,826 160 1,483
5 Baker County, FL 12,870 3,576 223 62

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