Special Report

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

Though cases of the omicron variant appear to have peaked in the United States, the virus continues to claim lives. So far, more than 900,000 Americans have died from the virus — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area, located in Maryland, a total of 6,358 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 228 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 275 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, in some parts of the city the per capita death rate is more in line with the national average.

The broader Baltimore metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents — and of them, Baltimore County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Baltimore County stands at 281 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area, Baltimore County ranks among the middle 50% 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 Feb. 9, 2022.

These are all the counties in Maryland 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 Baltimore County, MD 281 2,323 15,210 125,880
2 Baltimore City, MD 272 1,670 17,229 105,906
3 Carroll County, MD 225 377 12,101 20,271
4 Harford County, MD 215 540 14,493 36,380
5 Queen Anne’s County, MD 215 106 13,731 6,777
6 Anne Arundel County, MD 176 999 15,018 85,258
7 Howard County, MD 109 343 13,107 41,331

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