Special Report

This is the County in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, 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 42,301,000 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 53,979 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,175 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 12,929 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though COVID-19 infections per capita are in line with the national average across Beaumont-Port Arthur , there are parts of the metro area where this is not the case.

The broader Beaumont metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Hardin County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 9,880 infections in Hardin County, or 17,524 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Hardin County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Beaumont 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 293 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Hardin County, compared to 251 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Beaumont-Port Arthur metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Sept. 24, 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 Hardin County, TX 17,524 9,880 293 165
2 Orange County, TX 15,646 13,150 271 228
3 Jefferson County, TX 11,771 30,041 232 591
4 Newton County, TX 6,459 908 313 44