Special Report

These Are the Counties in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

To date, 85,673,420 Americans are confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 — and over 1 million 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 1,403,386 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 24,282 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 26,186 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Atlanta metro area comprises 29 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Heard County in Georgia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,203 confirmed infections in Heard County, or 18,866 for every 100,000 people.

Though Heard County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Atlanta metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 480 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Heard County, above the 281 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 27, 2022.

These are all the counties in Georgia 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 Heard County, GA 18,866 2,203 480 56
2 Haralson County, GA 19,001 5,502 611 177
3 Carroll County, GA 20,947 24,303 400 464
4 DeKalb County, GA 21,789 161,930 238 1,766
5 Fayette County, GA 21,823 24,304 294 327
6 Meriwether County, GA 21,825 4,608 692 146
7 Rockdale County, GA 22,056 19,632 367 327
8 Fulton County, GA 23,038 235,425 233 2,378
9 Jasper County, GA 23,397 3,225 530 73
10 Clayton County, GA 24,040 66,992 354 986
11 Newton County, GA 24,113 25,680 429 457
12 Gwinnett County, GA 24,341 219,627 211 1,900
13 Coweta County, GA 24,673 34,670 350 492
14 Cobb County, GA 24,915 185,631 249 1,852
15 Walton County, GA 24,929 22,469 483 435
16 Spalding County, GA 25,394 16,435 654 423
17 Paulding County, GA 25,479 39,706 280 436
18 Morgan County, GA 25,583 4,665 384 70
19 Douglas County, GA 25,794 36,586 289 410
20 Forsyth County, GA 26,162 57,525 185 407
21 Lamar County, GA 26,873 4,975 610 113
22 Cherokee County, GA 27,283 66,000 264 638
23 Henry County, GA 27,434 60,713 312 691
24 Pickens County, GA 27,896 8,601 551 170
25 Butts County, GA 28,261 6,712 678 161
26 Bartow County, GA 29,038 30,089 435 451
27 Barrow County, GA 29,259 22,496 336 258
28 Dawson County, GA 29,823 7,116 423 101
29 Pike County, GA 30,782 5,566 542 98

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