Special Report

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

The U.S. reported over 590,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending March 1, bringing the total count to more than 78.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 941,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. In the past week, there were an average of 24.3 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 37.1 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 Goldsboro, NC metro area consists of just Wayne County. As of March 1, there were 22,294.0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Goldsboro residents, 8.0% lower than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 24,221.7 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

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 Goldsboro metro area, unemployment peaked at 10.1% in April 2020. As of November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 4.2%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Goldsboro, NC 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 North Carolina where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 1 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 1 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of March 1 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of March 1 per 100,000 residents
24780 Greenville, NC 178,433 51,956 29,117.9 146 81.8
25860 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 366,678 103,690 28,278.2 1,245 339.5
15500 Burlington, NC 163,324 46,052 28,196.7 441 270.0
40580 Rocky Mount, NC 146,678 40,119 27,351.8 426 290.4
39580 Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,332,311 362,663 27,220.6 1,507 113.1
16740 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,545,560 685,392 26,925.0 5,466 214.7
27340 Jacksonville, NC 195,069 50,431 25,852.9 360 184.6
49180 Winston-Salem, NC 666,216 166,305 24,962.6 1,501 225.3
22180 Fayetteville, NC 519,101 127,639 24,588.5 964 185.7
35100 New Bern, NC 124,786 28,332 22,704.5 256 205.2
24660 Greensboro-High Point, NC 762,063 170,794 22,412.1 1,750 229.6
24140 Goldsboro, NC 123,603 27,556 22,294.0 376 304.2
48900 Wilmington, NC 288,337 63,889 22,157.8 477 165.4
20500 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 626,695 129,734 20,701.3 741 118.2
11700 Asheville, NC 454,351 92,342 20,323.9 1,085 238.8

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