As the delta variant continues to surge, COVID-19 continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 42,301,000 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.
In the Augusta-Richmond County metropolitan area, which covers parts of Georgia and South Carolina, a total of 94,345 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 15,875 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 12,929 cases per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Augusta-Richmond County is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.
The broader Augusta metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Richmond County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 33,208 infections in Richmond County, or 16,483 for every 100,000 people.
Not only does Richmond County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Augusta area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 301 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Richmond County, compared to 228 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Augusta-Richmond County metro area.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Sept. 24, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||COVID cases per 100,000 people||Total cases||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths|
|1||Richmond County, GA||16,483||33,208||301||606|
|2||Columbia County, GA||16,100||23,715||167||246|
|3||Burke County, GA||15,933||3,593||310||70|
|4||Edgefield County, SC||15,522||4,155||187||50|
|5||McDuffie County, GA||15,443||3,320||298||64|
|6||Aiken County, SC||15,119||25,238||173||289|
|7||Lincoln County, GA||14,310||1,116||397||31|