Special Report

COVID-19: Lubbock, TX Metro Area Among the Most Dangerous in America

The U.S. reported over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus on June 10, bringing the total count to more than 33.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 592,000 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 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 5.6 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 Lubbock, TX metro area consists of Lubbock County, Crosby County, and Lynn County. As of June 10, there were 16,021.5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Lubbock residents, the sixth highest rate of all 383 metro areas with available data. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 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 Lubbock metro area, Lubbock County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of June 10, there were 16,204.6 cases per 100,000 residents in Lubbock County, the most of any county in Lubbock, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In Lynn County, there were 10,720.4 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Lubbock.

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 Lubbock metro area, unemployment peaked at 10.4% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 5.8%.

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

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents
21340 El Paso, TX 836,062 136,257 16,297.5 2,721 325.5
29700 Laredo, TX 273,526 44,133 16,134.8 794 290.3
31180 Lubbock, TX 316,474 50,704 16,021.5 844 266.7
41660 San Angelo, TX 117,986 16,914 14,335.6 272 230.5
11100 Amarillo, TX 263,776 35,579 13,488.3 770 291.9
17780 College Station-Bryan, TX 258,029 32,376 12,547.4 345 133.7
10180 Abilene, TX 170,669 19,671 11,525.8 507 297.1
48660 Wichita Falls, TX 141,999 16,192 11,402.9 395 278.2
19100 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,320,663 834,108 11,393.9 10,814 147.7
18580 Corpus Christi, TX 428,548 47,889 11,174.7 982 229.1
47380 Waco, TX 268,361 29,704 11,068.7 510 190.0
41700 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 2,468,193 270,810 10,972.0 4,530 183.5
36220 Odessa, TX 160,579 17,451 10,867.5 377 234.8
32580 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 855,176 91,881 10,744.1 2,886 337.5
33260 Midland, TX 173,816 18,347 10,555.4 291 167.4
15180 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 421,666 41,422 9,823.4 1,647 390.6
47020 Victoria, TX 99,674 9,642 9,673.5 233 233.8
26420 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,884,138 624,623 9,073.4 9,028 131.1
46340 Tyler, TX 227,449 20,520 9,021.8 483 212.4
13140 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 395,174 34,492 8,728.3 700 177.1
43300 Sherman-Denison, TX 131,014 11,362 8,672.4 343 261.8
45500 Texarkana, TX-AR 149,292 12,784 8,563.1 302 202.3
30980 Longview, TX 284,796 23,642 8,301.4 652 228.9
12420 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 2,114,441 167,591 7,926.0 1,962 92.8
28660 Killeen-Temple, TX 444,716 32,155 7,230.5 554 124.6