Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 844,226 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,636 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington than they are nationwide, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Dallas metro area comprises 13 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Hunt County in Texas has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 6,189 infections in Hunt County, or 6,716 for every 100,000 people.

Though Hunt County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Dallas metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 193 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Hunt County, above the 152 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Texas 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 Hunt County, TX 6,716 6,189 193 178
2 Denton County, TX 9,486 76,553 96 772
3 Collin County, TX 9,779 92,352 89 838
4 Wise County, TX 11,526 7,450 190 123
5 Hood County, TX 11,622 6,613 234 133
6 Dallas County, TX 11,781 304,714 158 4,097
7 Johnson County, TX 12,260 20,042 229 374
8 Parker County, TX 12,350 16,030 144 187
9 Somervell County, TX 12,398 1,084 160 14
10 Rockwall County, TX 12,546 11,748 168 157
11 Tarrant County, TX 12,966 261,912 175 3,543
12 Ellis County, TX 13,720 23,164 191 322
13 Kaufman County, TX 13,771 16,375 221 263