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These Are the Counties in the Athens-Clarke County, GA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 9/26/2021 Samuel Stebbins

© Provided by 24/7 Wall St. With the ongoing surge of the delta variant, COVID-19 continues to spread through the United States. To date, 42,163,561 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 673,728 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 Athens-Clarke County metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 31,200 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 15,197 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- above the national rate of 12,887 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Athens-Clarke County than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Athens metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Oglethorpe County in Georgia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,026 infections in Oglethorpe County, or 13,704 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 237 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Oglethorpe County, above the 164 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Athens-Clarke County metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Sept. 23, 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 Oglethorpe County, GA 13,704 2,026 237 35
2 Oconee County, GA 14,331 5,305 205 76
3 Clarke County, GA 15,437 19,235 130 162
4 Madison County, GA 16,035 4,634 218 63

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