Special Report

This Is the County in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 16,185 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 280 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 306 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 687 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 by COVID-19 death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 15, 2022.

These are all the counties in Georgia 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 Meriwether County, GA 687 145 21,489 4,537
2 Butts County, GA 674 160 27,928 6,633
3 Spalding County, GA 651 421 25,047 16,210
4 Lamar County, GA 610 113 26,560 4,917
5 Haralson County, GA 608 176 18,853 5,459
6 Pickens County, GA 551 170 27,556 8,496
7 Pike County, GA 542 98 30,528 5,520
8 Jasper County, GA 530 73 23,259 3,206
9 Walton County, GA 482 434 24,667 22,233
10 Heard County, GA 462 54 18,721 2,186
11 Bartow County, GA 433 449 28,791 29,833
12 Newton County, GA 429 457 23,788 25,333
13 Dawson County, GA 423 101 29,420 7,020
14 Carroll County, GA 398 462 20,731 24,052
15 Morgan County, GA 384 70 25,385 4,629
16 Rockdale County, GA 364 324 21,646 19,267
17 Clayton County, GA 351 979 23,698 66,038
18 Coweta County, GA 349 491 24,243 34,065
19 Barrow County, GA 334 257 28,979 22,281
20 Henry County, GA 311 689 26,989 59,729
21 Fayette County, GA 291 324 21,270 23,688
22 Douglas County, GA 288 408 25,364 35,977
23 Paulding County, GA 279 435 25,051 39,040
24 Cherokee County, GA 262 635 26,879 65,024
25 Cobb County, GA 247 1,840 24,422 181,957
26 DeKalb County, GA 237 1,759 21,342 158,614
27 Fulton County, GA 231 2,363 22,585 230,795
28 Gwinnett County, GA 210 1,893 23,951 216,106
29 Forsyth County, GA 184 405 25,762 56,645

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