Special Report

These are the Counties in the Champaign-Urbana, IL Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 34,256,300 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area, located in Illinois, a total of 24,915 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,413 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,471 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The broader Champaign metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Ford County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 1,920 infections in Ford County, or 14,330 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Ford County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Champaign 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 373 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Ford County, compared to 93 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Champaign-Urbana metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of July 28, 2021.

These are all the counties in Illinois 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 Ford County, IL 14,330 1,920 373 50
2 Champaign County, IL 10,239 21,446 75 158
3 Piatt County, IL 9,430 1,549 85 14