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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Winchester, VA-WV 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 Winchester metropolitan area, which covers parts of Virginia and West Virginia, a total of 12,944 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,496 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- below the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Winchester is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Winchester metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Hampshire County in West Virginia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 1,916 infections in Hampshire County, or 8,201 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 154 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Hampshire County, above the 136 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Winchester metro area.

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

These are all the counties in West Virginia 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 Hampshire County, WV 8,201 1,916 154 36
2 Frederick County, VA 9,503 8,092 120 102
3 Winchester City, VA 10,565 2,936 169 47

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