Special Report

This Is the County in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, there have been 46,413,700 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area, located in Maryland, a total of 253,707 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,083 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 14,187 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though Baltimore-Columbia-Towson has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area that appear to be higher risk than others.

The broader Baltimore metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, the city of Baltimore has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 62,284 infections in the city of Baltimore, or 10,132 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Baltimore have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Baltimore 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 221 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in the city of Baltimore, compared to 179 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Nov. 12, 2021.

These are all the counties in Maryland 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 Baltimore City, MD 10,132 62,284 221 1,361
2 Anne Arundel County, MD 9,464 53,726 136 772
3 Baltimore County, MD 9,382 77,648 225 1,860
4 Harford County, MD 8,414 21,122 143 360
5 Queen Anne’s County, MD 8,017 3,957 148 73
6 Howard County, MD 7,265 22,908 88 279
7 Carroll County, MD 7,200 12,062 174 292