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This Is the County in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

More than 1 million Americans have died from COVID-19 – more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metropolitan area, which covers parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, a total of 13,419 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 279 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 307 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 Boston metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents — and of them, Essex County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Essex County stands at 360 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area, Essex 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 June 28, 2022.

These are all the counties in Massachusetts 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 Essex County, MA 360 2,812 28,676 223,964
2 Plymouth County, MA 337 1,727 24,496 125,451
3 Norfolk County, MA 281 1,961 21,502 150,139
4 Middlesex County, MA 258 4,108 23,619 376,761
5 Suffolk County, MA 257 2,038 29,944 237,087
6 Rockingham County, NH 183 557 24,270 74,054
7 Strafford County, NH 168 216 25,387 32,556

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