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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, which covers parts of Virginia and North Carolina, a total of 136,005 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 7,898 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Virginia Beach metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Williamsburg City, an independent city, in Virginia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 769 infections in Williamsburg City, or 5,200 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Williamsburg City have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Virginia Beach metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 88 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Williamsburg City, below the 122 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area.

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

These are all the counties in 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 Williamsburg City, VA 5,200 769 88 13
2 York County, VA 5,611 3,792 81 55
3 Gloucester County, VA 6,084 2,261 132 49
4 Currituck County, NC 6,102 1,574 62 16
5 James City County, VA 6,287 4,662 97 72
6 Gates County, NC 6,469 748 112 13
7 Mathews County, VA 6,810 599 136 12
8 Norfolk City, VA 7,314 17,963 109 267
9 Poquoson City, VA 7,442 896 150 18
10 Hampton City, VA 7,885 10,691 133 180
11 Newport News City, VA 7,921 14,270 130 235
12 Virginia Beach City, VA 8,059 36,278 92 412
13 Isle of Wight County, VA 8,718 3,171 192 70
14 Chesapeake City, VA 8,900 21,167 128 304
15 Suffolk City, VA 8,969 7,997 214 191
16 Portsmouth City, VA 9,618 9,167 212 202

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