Special Report

These Are the Counties in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

Though cases of the omicron variant appear to have peaked in the United States, the virus continues to claim lives. So far, more than 900,000 Americans have died from the virus — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which covers parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, a total of 23,312 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 244 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 284 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Chicago metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Newton County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Newton County stands at 471 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, Newton County ranks among the top 25% 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 Feb. 23, 2022.

These are all the counties in Indiana 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 Newton County, IN 471 66 18,027 2,527
2 Jasper County, IN 407 136 26,688 8,927
3 Kenosha County, WI 358 602 25,846 43,506
4 Lake County, IN 344 1,677 21,604 105,180
5 Porter County, IN 308 517 22,024 37,010
6 Cook County, IL 266 13,884 21,159 1,105,263
7 Grundy County, IL 261 132 24,611 12,431
8 Will County, IL 213 1,467 23,095 159,055
9 Kane County, IL 204 1,085 23,322 123,800
10 Lake County, IL 185 1,300 20,748 145,984
11 DeKalb County, IL 180 188 21,932 22,853
12 DuPage County, IL 178 1,658 21,915 204,194
13 McHenry County, IL 146 448 24,145 74,315
14 Kendall County, IL 122 152 24,326 30,316

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