After adding over 965,000 new cases throughout the last week, the U.S. now has more than 77.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 910,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.
New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. In the past week, there were an average of 60.3 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 99.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.
The San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, metro area consists of Bexar County, Guadalupe County, Comal County, and five other counties. In the past week, there were an average of 80.6 new coronavirus cases every day per 100,000 San Antonio residents, greater than the national figure. The metro area’s average daily case growth in the most recent week is a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 165.1 daily new cases per 100,000 San Antonio residents.
The spread of coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area, COVID-19 is growing the slowest in Medina County. There were an average of 45.7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Medina County during the past week, the least of the eight counties in San Antonio with available data.
Case growth in the San Antonio metro area varies at the county level. In Bexar County, for example, there were an average of 84.3 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past week — the most of any county in San Antonio and more than the case growth rate in Medina County.
While Medina County has the slowest case growth in the San Antonio area, it does not have the lowest incidence of cases overall. As of February 17, there were a total of 19,252.1 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in Medina County, the third fewest of the eight counties in the metro area. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 23,841.6 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.
The pandemic has led to the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses around the country. These changes have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. These changes have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In Medina County, unemployment peaked at 10.6% in May 2020. As of June 2021, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.7%.
To determine the county in every metropolitan area where COVID-19 is growing the slowest, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked counties according to the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven days ending February 17. To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is not seasonally adjusted.
|Rank in MSA||County||Population||New daily cases per 100,000, week ending February 17||New daily cases per 100,000, week ending February 10||Cumulative cases per 100,000||Cumulative deaths per 100,000|
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