Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA 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 New Orleans-Metairie metropolitan area, located in Louisiana, a total of 122,344 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,682 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 New Orleans-Metairie, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader New Orleans metro area comprises eight counties or county equivalents — and of them, Orleans Parish in Louisiana has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 30,861 infections in Orleans Parish, or 7,920 for every 100,000 people.

Though Orleans Parish has the lowest per capita infection rate in the New Orleans metro area, its per capita fatality rate is closely in line with the regional average.

There have been a total of 205 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Orleans Parish, compared to 206 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire New Orleans-Metairie metro area.

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

These are all the parishes in Louisiana 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 Orleans Parish, LA 7,920 30,861 205 799
2 St. John the Baptist Parish, LA 8,818 3,831 325 141
3 St. Bernard Parish, LA 8,992 4,109 118 54
4 St. James Parish, LA 9,444 2,017 234 50
5 St. Tammany Parish, LA 10,381 26,169 209 528
6 St. Charles Parish, LA 10,595 5,586 184 97
7 Jefferson Parish, LA 10,846 47,212 207 901
8 Plaquemines Parish, LA 10,949 2,559 116 27