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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 6/9/2021 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, 33,027,029 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 591,694 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 Kansas City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Kansas, a total of 207,467 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,848 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- in line with the national rate of 10,095 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in Kansas City, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Kansas City metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Platte County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 4,209 infections in Platte County, or 4,259 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 48 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Platte County, below the 132 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Kansas City metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 7, 2021.

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 Platte County, MO 4,259 4,209 48 47
2 Clay County, MO 4,272 10,218 70 168
3 Bates County, MO 8,190 1,341 183 30
4 Miami County, KS 8,389 2,779 127 42
5 Linn County, KS 8,542 823 83 8
6 Ray County, MO 8,714 1,989 118 27
7 Caldwell County, MO 9,062 820 155 14
8 Leavenworth County, KS 9,078 7,266 115 92
9 Cass County, MO 9,079 9,322 111 114
10 Lafayette County, MO 9,654 3,146 175 57
11 Clinton County, MO 9,656 1,977 317 65
12 Johnson County, KS 10,122 59,267 130 763
13 Jackson County, MO 12,087 83,640 153 1,060
14 Wyandotte County, KS 12,577 20,670 173 284

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