Special Report

This is the County in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

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.

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 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