Special Report

This Is the County in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Following a months long surge driven by the delta variant, new daily cases of COVID-19 are falling once again in the United States. To date, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 836,180 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 14,468 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The broader Atlanta metro area comprises 29 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Fayette County in Georgia has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 13,048 infections in Fayette County, or 11,716 for every 100,000 people.

Though Fayette County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Atlanta metro area, its per capita fatality rate is closely in line with the regional average.

There have been a total of 202 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Fayette County, compared to 203 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 25, 2021.

These are all the counties in Georgia 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 Fayette County, GA 11,716 13,048 202 225
2 DeKalb County, GA 12,222 90,829 173 1,289
3 Heard County, GA 12,520 1,462 308 36
4 Rockdale County, GA 12,706 11,310 263 234
5 Fulton County, GA 12,834 131,151 170 1,733
6 Haralson County, GA 13,040 3,776 397 115
7 Meriwether County, GA 13,968 2,949 516 109
8 Clayton County, GA 13,993 38,995 251 700
9 Carroll County, GA 14,043 16,293 259 300
10 Cobb County, GA 14,555 108,446 183 1,364
11 Gwinnett County, GA 14,659 132,266 158 1,429
12 Coweta County, GA 14,711 20,671 251 352
13 Newton County, GA 15,172 16,158 316 336
14 Forsyth County, GA 15,266 33,566 121 267
15 Jasper County, GA 15,395 2,122 421 58
16 Douglas County, GA 15,617 22,151 198 281
17 Spalding County, GA 15,828 10,244 451 292
18 Paulding County, GA 16,016 24,960 206 321
19 Walton County, GA 16,515 14,885 377 340
20 Henry County, GA 17,077 37,793 220 486
21 Morgan County, GA 17,313 3,157 219 40
22 Cherokee County, GA 17,828 43,128 184 446
23 Pickens County, GA 17,842 5,501 363 112
24 Lamar County, GA 18,295 3,387 481 89
25 Barrow County, GA 18,998 14,607 251 193
26 Dawson County, GA 19,362 4,620 285 68
27 Butts County, GA 19,541 4,641 467 111
28 Bartow County, GA 19,577 20,286 319 331
29 Pike County, GA 20,894 3,778 376 68