Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Dothan, AL Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 1,325,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending September 14, bringing the total count to more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 655,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 46.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 47.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Dothan, AL metro area consists of Houston County, Geneva County, and Henry County. As of September 14, there were 15,233.5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Dothan residents, 20.5% higher than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 12,636.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Dothan metro area, Henry County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of September 14, there were 16,558.7 cases per 100,000 residents in Henry County, the most of any county in Dothan, yet not too far from the county with the lowest incidence. In Houston County, there were 14,968.2 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Dothan.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Dothan metro area, unemployment peaked at 11.2% in April 2020. As of May 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 3.2%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Dothan, AL metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Alabama where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 per 100,000 residents
23460 Gadsden, AL 102,748 18,169 17,683.1 410 399.0
11500 Anniston-Oxford, AL 114,618 19,273 16,815.0 363 316.7
33660 Mobile, AL 430,655 71,293 16,554.6 1,167 271.0
19300 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 212,830 34,950 16,421.6 412 193.6
13820 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 1,085,330 174,913 16,116.1 2,596 239.2
46220 Tuscaloosa, AL 250,681 38,927 15,528.5 678 270.5
20020 Dothan, AL 148,252 22,584 15,233.5 479 323.1
33860 Montgomery, AL 373,544 56,493 15,123.5 1,056 282.7
19460 Decatur, AL 152,271 22,738 14,932.6 408 267.9
22520 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 147,327 20,817 14,129.8 422 286.4
26620 Huntsville, AL 457,003 60,629 13,266.7 736 161.0
12220 Auburn-Opelika, AL 161,152 21,269 13,198.1 199 123.5