Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Most Dangerous County in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 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 33,056,400 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metropolitan area, located in Michigan, a total of 427,244 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,896 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,104 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though COVID-19 infections per capita are in line with the national average across Detroit-Warren-Dearborn , there are parts of the metro area where this is not the case.

The broader Detroit metro area comprises six counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, St. Clair County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 18,414 infections in St. Clair County, or 11,540 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does St. Clair County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Detroit 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 276 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in St. Clair County, compared to 249 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Michigan 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 St. Clair County, MI 11,540 18,414 276 441
2 Macomb County, MI 11,496 99,864 282 2,451
3 Lapeer County, MI 10,441 9,209 228 201
4 Oakland County, MI 9,451 118,221 191 2,383
5 Wayne County, MI 9,360 164,860 288 5,081
6 Livingston County, MI 8,848 16,676 101 191