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These Are the Counties in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 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 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area, which covers parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, a total of 734,845 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 29,713 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 26,186 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The broader Charlotte metro area comprises 10 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 302,676 confirmed infections in Mecklenburg County, or 28,708 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 157 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Mecklenburg County, below the 239 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro area.

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

These are all the counties in North 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 Mecklenburg County, NC 28,708 302,676 157 1,654
2 Union County, NC 29,098 65,963 219 497
3 Lancaster County, SC 29,462 26,382 315 282
4 Cabarrus County, NC 29,628 59,686 252 508
5 Iredell County, NC 29,712 51,261 276 477
6 Rowan County, NC 30,938 43,191 425 594
7 Lincoln County, NC 31,316 25,504 223 182
8 York County, SC 31,407 81,231 267 690
9 Gaston County, NC 31,676 68,605 398 863
10 Chester County, SC 32,005 10,346 476 154

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