Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Most Dangerous County in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area, which covers parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, a total of 2,384,499 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,928 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,104 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across New York-Newark-Jersey City is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader New York metro area comprises 25 counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Richmond County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 74,822 infections in Richmond County, or 15,782 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Richmond County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the New York 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 387 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Richmond County, compared to 327 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area.

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

These are all the counties in New York 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 Richmond County, NY 15,782 74,822 387 1,837
2 Rockland County, NY 14,491 46,905 297 961
3 Passaic County, NJ 14,480 72,985 382 1,926
4 Nassau County, NY 13,521 183,422 234 3,173
5 Suffolk County, NY 13,493 200,766 228 3,397
6 Westchester County, NY 13,368 129,507 236 2,285
7 Hudson County, NJ 13,165 88,026 342 2,290
8 Union County, NJ 12,922 71,465 356 1,968
9 Ocean County, NJ 12,819 75,881 365 2,159
10 Orange County, NY 12,753 48,237 222 841
11 Bronx County, NY 12,728 183,009 458 6,579
12 Monmouth County, NJ 12,124 75,579 261 1,625
13 Queens County, NY 12,045 276,849 432 9,934
14 Essex County, NJ 11,867 94,172 378 2,998
15 Bergen County, NJ 11,227 104,409 309 2,872
16 Middlesex County, NJ 11,165 92,300 286 2,362
17 Kings County, NY 10,770 280,110 401 10,437
18 Putnam County, NY 10,698 10,599 93 92
19 Morris County, NJ 10,144 50,150 250 1,235
20 Dutchess County, NY 10,020 29,448 151 445
21 Sussex County, NJ 9,841 14,004 214 304
22 Somerset County, NJ 9,101 30,048 256 845
23 New York County,, NY 8,453 137,990 275 4,493
24 Hunterdon County, NJ 7,845 9,810 141 176
25 Pike County, PA 7,218 4,006 97 54