The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 9,148 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 158 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 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 Atlanta metro area comprises 29 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Meriwether County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Meriwether County stands at 417 for every 100,000 people.
With the highest per capita death rate in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro area, Meriwether County ranks among the top 10% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||Meriwether County, GA||416.8||88||9,733||2,055|
|2||Butts County, GA||370.5||88||13,423||3,188|
|3||Lamar County, GA||313.3||58||11,127||2,060|
|4||Spalding County, GA||312.1||202||9,986||6,463|
|5||Haralson County, GA||307.4||89||9,183||2,659|
|6||Walton County, GA||290.7||262||11,889||10,716|
|7||Jasper County, GA||275.7||38||10,244||1,412|
|8||Pickens County, GA||253.0||78||11,326||3,492|
|9||Newton County, GA||241.3||257||10,648||11,340|
|10||Pike County, GA||237.8||43||12,980||2,347|
|11||Bartow County, GA||227.8||236||14,353||14,873|
|12||Carroll County, GA||211.2||245||9,927||11,517|
|13||Dawson County, GA||201.2||48||12,979||3,097|
|14||Rockdale County, GA||195.5||174||8,814||7,845|
|15||Heard County, GA||188.4||22||7,570||884|
|16||Barrow County, GA||186.0||143||13,249||10,187|
|17||Clayton County, GA||184.5||514||9,805||27,322|
|18||Morgan County, GA||170.0||31||11,769||2,146|
|19||Douglas County, GA||162.2||230||10,946||15,526|
|20||Coweta County, GA||160.8||226||10,195||14,326|
|21||Fayette County, GA||158.0||176||8,173||9,102|
|22||Henry County, GA||150.9||334||11,655||25,794|
|23||Cobb County, GA||147.1||1,096||10,715||79,832|
|24||Paulding County, GA||146.9||229||11,073||17,256|
|25||DeKalb County, GA||142.5||1,059||9,008||66,947|
|26||Fulton County, GA||141.9||1,450||9,667||98,783|
|27||Cherokee County, GA||137.7||333||13,001||31,451|
|28||Gwinnett County, GA||132.6||1,196||11,412||102,970|
|29||Forsyth County, GA||92.3||203||10,371||22,803|