Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Most Dangerous County in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area

Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 32,210,800 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area, located in Maryland, a total of 205,693 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 7,364 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 9,845 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though Baltimore-Columbia-Towson has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area that appear to be higher risk than others.

The broader Baltimore metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, the city of Baltimore has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 51,488 infections in the city of Baltimore, or 8,376 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Baltimore have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Baltimore area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 170 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in the city of Baltimore, compared to 140 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 9, 2021.

These are all the counties in Maryland 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 Baltimore City 8,376 51,488 170 1,048
2 Baltimore County 7,743 64,086 179 1,483
3 Anne Arundel County 7,545 42,834 106 600
4 Harford County 6,448 16,185 108 272
5 Howard County 6,013 18,961 74 233
6 Queen Anne’s County 5,957 2,940 91 45
7 Carroll County 5,491 9,199 140 235