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These Are the Counties in the Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Since the first case of the omicron variant was detected in the U.S., new daily cases of COVID-19 have hit new highs. To date, 79,384,637 Americans have been infected with the virus — and over 960,000 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 Charleston-North Charleston metropolitan area, located in South Carolina, a total of 219,067 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 28,853 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 24,264 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Charleston-North Charleston than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Charleston metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, Berkeley County in South Carolina has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 51,678 infections in Berkeley County, or 24,719 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Berkeley County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Charleston metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 211 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Berkeley County, below the 244 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Charleston-North Charleston metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of April 4, 2022.

These are all the counties in South Carolina 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 Berkeley County, SC 24,719 51,678 211 441
2 Charleston County, SC 28,264 111,562 235 926
3 Dorchester County, SC 35,908 55,827 313 487

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