Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro Area

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 594,888 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan area, located in Vermont, a total of 9,762 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 4,477 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Burlington-South Burlington is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Burlington metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, Grand Isle County in Vermont has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 217 infections in Grand Isle County, or 3,116 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Grand Isle County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Burlington metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 29 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Grand Isle County, below the 67 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Burlington-South Burlington metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

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

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Grand Isle County, VT 3,116 217 29 2
2 Franklin County, VT 4,141 2,030 80 39
3 Chittenden County, VT 4,637 7,515 64 104