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These Are the Counties in the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

More than 1 million Americans have died from COVID-19 – more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area, located in Alabama, a total of 4,245 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 370 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 304 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Birmingham metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents — and of them, Walker County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Walker County stands at 693 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, Walker County ranks among the top 10% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents by COVID-19 death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 25, 2022.

These are all the counties in Alabama where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Walker County, AL 693 447 29,140 18,793
2 St. Clair County, AL 476 416 29,176 25,472
3 Chilton County, AL 471 207 25,384 11,151
4 Bibb County, AL 466 105 28,734 6,473
5 Blount County, AL 422 243 26,099 15,045
6 Jefferson County, AL 360 2,374 28,322 186,897
7 Shelby County, AL 214 453 29,146 61,575

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