Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Most Dangerous County in the Corpus Christi, TX 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 Corpus Christi metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 47,587 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,521 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 9,845 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Corpus Christi is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader Corpus Christi metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Nueces County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 41,993 infections in Nueces County, or 11,649 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Nueces County than they are across all of the Corpus Christi area, however. There have been a total of 224 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Nueces County, in line with 220 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Corpus Christi metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 9, 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 Nueces County 11,649 41,993 224 806
2 San Patricio County 6,482 4,346 221 148
3 Aransas County 5,040 1,248 162 40