Special Report

These Are the Counties in the Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, 46,570,559 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 754,062 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 Kansas City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Kansas, a total of 296,861 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 14,092 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 14,234 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in Kansas City, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Kansas City metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Platte County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 6,146 infections in Platte County, or 6,219 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 63 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Platte County, below the 182 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Kansas City metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Nov. 15, 2021.

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 Platte County, MO 6,219 6,146 63 62
2 Clay County, MO 6,421 15,356 94 224
3 Caldwell County, MO 12,786 1,157 221 20
4 Leavenworth County, KS 13,274 10,625 167 134
5 Ray County, MO 13,345 3,046 223 51
6 Miami County, KS 13,424 4,447 202 67
7 Johnson County, KS 13,574 79,476 163 952
8 Clinton County, MO 14,247 2,917 376 77
9 Cass County, MO 14,315 14,698 167 171
10 Bates County, MO 14,499 2,374 263 43
11 Lafayette County, MO 14,695 4,789 227 74
12 Linn County, KS 16,876 1,626 218 21
13 Wyandotte County, KS 17,262 28,370 226 371
14 Jackson County, MO 17,606 121,834 226 1,563