Special Report

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

The U.S. reported over 573,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending June 28, bringing the total count to more than 85.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 1,005,000 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 27.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 29.8 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.

In the 50 largest metro areas, the incidence of COVID-19 grew at an average rate of 29.7 new cases a day per 100,000 residents in the past week — 12.7% greater than the case growth in all counties outside of metro areas.

The Muncie, IN metro area consists of just Delaware County. As of June 28, there were 22,517.8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Muncie residents, 15.1% lower than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 26,532.2 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 Muncie metro area, unemployment peaked at 17.2% in April 2020. As of November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 3.7%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Muncie, IN 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 Indiana where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 28 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 28 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 28 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 28 per 100,000 residents
14020 Bloomington, IN 167,296 36,096 21,576.1 405 242.1
34620 Muncie, IN 115,020 25,900 22,517.8 448 389.5
33140 Michigan City-La Porte, IN 110,154 27,038 24,545.6 374 339.5
26900 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,029,472 521,432 25,693.0 6,628 326.6
43780 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 321,739 85,568 26,595.5 1,029 319.8
45460 Terre Haute, IN 186,908 50,149 26,830.8 707 378.3
21140 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 204,558 55,195 26,982.6 738 360.8
18020 Columbus, IN 82,481 22,285 27,018.3 250 303.1
29200 Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 228,541 62,601 27,391.6 528 231.0
23060 Fort Wayne, IN 406,305 117,016 28,800.0 1,280 315.0
29020 Kokomo, IN 82,331 26,030 31,616.3 453 550.2
21780 Evansville, IN-KY 314,960 101,398 32,193.9 1,110 352.4

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