Special Report

This is the County in the Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

As the delta variant continues to surge, COVID-19 continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 40,330,400 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 223,738 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,870 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 12,327 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though Austin-Round Rock has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area where this is not the case.

The broader Austin metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Caldwell County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 7,513 infections in Caldwell County, or 18,147 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Caldwell County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Austin 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 283 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Caldwell County, compared to 113 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Austin-Round Rock metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Sept. 10, 2021.

These are all the counties in Texas 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 Caldwell County, TX 18,147 7,513 283 117
2 Bastrop County, TX 15,613 12,893 157 130
3 Hays County, TX 14,341 29,277 162 330
4 Williamson County, TX 12,553 66,160 107 566
5 Travis County, TX 8,968 107,895 99 1,190