Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Kansas City, MO-KS 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 Kansas City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Kansas, a total of 208,569 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,901 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in Kansas City, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Kansas City metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Platte County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 4,228 infections in Platte County, or 4,278 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Platte County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Kansas City metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 48 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Platte County, below the 132 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Kansas City metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 Platte County, MO 4,278 4,228 48 47
2 Clay County, MO 4,307 10,301 71 169
3 Bates County, MO 8,220 1,346 183 30
4 Miami County, KS 8,404 2,784 127 42
5 Linn County, KS 8,583 827 93 9
6 Ray County, MO 8,806 2,010 118 27
7 Leavenworth County, KS 9,108 7,290 116 93
8 Cass County, MO 9,137 9,382 113 116
9 Caldwell County, MO 9,228 835 166 15
10 Lafayette County, MO 9,715 3,166 175 57
11 Clinton County, MO 9,719 1,990 317 65
12 Johnson County, KS 10,154 59,450 131 768
13 Jackson County, MO 12,158 84,136 154 1,066
14 Wyandotte County, KS 12,671 20,824 173 285