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This is the County in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

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 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area, which covers parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, a total of 281,941 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,400 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- above the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Charlotte metro area comprises 10 counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 114,027 infections in Mecklenburg County, or 10,815 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Mecklenburg County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Charlotte metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 92 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Mecklenburg County, below the 128 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro area.

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

These are all the counties in North Carolina 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 Mecklenburg County, NC 10,815 114,027 92 973
2 Union County, NC 10,939 24,799 99 225
3 Cabarrus County, NC 11,037 22,234 130 261
4 Iredell County, NC 11,132 19,205 132 227
5 Lancaster County, SC 12,189 10,915 190 170
6 Rowan County, NC 12,285 17,150 223 311
7 York County, SC 12,357 31,961 151 391
8 Gaston County, NC 12,519 27,115 205 445
9 Lincoln County, NC 12,593 10,256 106 86
10 Chester County, SC 13,237 4,279 235 76

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