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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 5/18/2021 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, 32,496,486 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 578,257 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 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area, located in Maryland, a total of 207,731 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 7,437 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- below the national rate of 9,933 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The broader Baltimore metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Carroll County in Maryland has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 9,317 infections in Carroll County, or 5,562 for every 100,000 people.

Though Carroll County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Baltimore metro area, its per capita fatality rate is closely in line with the regional average.

There have been a total of 142 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Carroll County, compared to 142 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Maryland 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 Carroll County, MD 5,562 9,317 142 238
2 Queen Anne's County, MD 6,001 2,962 91 45
3 Howard County, MD 6,042 19,053 74 233
4 Harford County, MD 6,505 16,328 110 275
5 Anne Arundel County, MD 7,618 43,248 106 604
6 Baltimore County, MD 7,820 64,724 181 1,502
7 Baltimore City, MD 8,476 52,099 174 1,068

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