Special Report

These Are the Counties in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

More than 1 million Americans have died from COVID-19 – more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Illinois, a total of 8,356 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 298 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 304 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though COVID-19 deaths per capita in the metro area are closely in line with comparable national rate, there are parts of the city where this is not the case.

The broader St. Louis metro area comprises 15 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Monroe County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Monroe County stands at 380 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the St. Louis metro area, Monroe County ranks among the middle 50% 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 May 25, 2022.

These are all the counties in Illinois 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 Monroe County, IL 380 129 28,545 9,687
2 Franklin County, MO 363 373 25,283 25,986
3 St. Louis County, MO 335 3,346 23,095 230,646
4 Jersey County, IL 326 72 28,823 6,361
5 Macoupin County, IL 311 142 28,594 13,073
6 Warren County, MO 301 102 24,304 8,241
7 Clinton County, IL 300 113 32,229 12,127
8 Madison County, IL 298 793 27,236 72,357
9 Jefferson County, MO 294 657 24,549 54,818
10 St. Clair County, IL 278 732 24,891 65,579
11 St. Louis City, MO 252 783 18,865 58,723
12 Lincoln County, MO 250 139 27,441 15,247
13 St. Charles County, MO 241 939 24,729 96,438
14 Bond County, IL 185 31 26,322 4,399
15 Calhoun County, IL 103 5 31,886 1,549

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