Special Report

This is the County in the Boise City, ID Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing spread of the delta variant is claiming lives and threatening a return to normalcy in the United States. So far, 629,782 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 Boise City metropolitan area, located in Idaho, a total of 927 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 134 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 192 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, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Boise City metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Gem County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Gem County stands at 276 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Boise City metro area, Gem 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 August 30, 2021.

These are all the counties in Idaho 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 Gem County, ID 276 47 12,304 2,098
2 Owyhee County, ID 271 31 10,310 1,181
3 Canyon County, ID 158 335 14,589 30,963
4 Ada County, ID 114 510 13,437 59,934
5 Boise County, ID 56 4 6,380 457

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