Special Report

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

The U.S. reported over 551,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending October 21, bringing the total count to more than 44.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 724,000 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 27.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 28.1 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 Williamsport, PA metro area consists of just Lycoming County. As of October 21, there were 13,733.1 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Williamsport residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 13,893.5 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 Williamsport metro area, unemployment peaked at 17.4% in April 2020. As of May 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.4%.

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

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of October 21 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of October 21 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of October 21 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of October 21 per 100,000 residents
21500 Erie, PA 273,835 28,208 10,301.1 474 173.1
20700 East Stroudsburg, PA 168,032 19,227 11,442.5 355 211.3
38300 Pittsburgh, PA 2,331,447 268,087 11,498.7 5,040 216.2
37980 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,079,130 702,446 11,555.0 14,022 230.7
25420 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 571,013 66,507 11,647.2 1,341 234.8
42540 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 555,642 64,861 11,673.2 1,480 266.4
14100 Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 83,974 10,029 11,943.0 220 262.0
44300 State College, PA 161,960 20,222 12,485.8 241 148.8
23900 Gettysburg, PA 102,470 12,883 12,572.5 215 209.8
29540 Lancaster, PA 540,999 69,689 12,881.5 1,290 238.4
10900 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 837,610 112,082 13,381.2 2,155 257.3
49620 York-Hanover, PA 445,565 60,440 13,564.8 945 212.1
11020 Altoona, PA 123,157 16,750 13,600.5 372 302.1
39740 Reading, PA 418,025 57,240 13,693.0 1,125 269.1
48700 Williamsport, PA 114,330 15,701 13,733.1 341 298.3
16540 Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 154,147 21,284 13,807.6 438 284.1
27780 Johnstown, PA 133,009 18,762 14,105.8 491 369.1
30140 Lebanon, PA 139,729 20,157 14,425.8 324 231.9