Special Report

This Is the County in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 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, 698,905 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 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area, which covers parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, a total of 3,950 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 160 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 214 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 Charlotte metro area comprises 10 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Chester County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Chester County stands at 319 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro area, Chester County ranks among the top 25% 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 Oct. 6, 2021.

These are all the counties in South Carolina 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 Chester County, SC 319 103 19,006 6,144
2 Rowan County, NC 299 418 18,175 25,373
3 Gaston County, NC 264 572 17,626 38,176
4 Lancaster County, SC 233 209 17,107 15,319
5 York County, SC 182 470 17,488 45,231
6 Iredell County, NC 176 304 16,033 27,661
7 Cabarrus County, NC 155 313 15,660 31,546
8 Union County, NC 133 302 15,344 34,784
9 Lincoln County, NC 113 92 17,575 14,313
10 Mecklenburg County, NC 111 1,167 14,395 151,771