Special Report

This Is the County in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 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 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area, which covers parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, a total of 5,901 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 239 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 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 476 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro area, Chester 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 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 476 154 32,005 10,346
2 Rowan County, NC 425 594 30,938 43,191
3 Gaston County, NC 398 863 31,676 68,605
4 Lancaster County, SC 315 282 29,462 26,382
5 Iredell County, NC 276 477 29,712 51,261
6 York County, SC 267 690 31,407 81,231
7 Cabarrus County, NC 252 508 29,628 59,686
8 Lincoln County, NC 223 182 31,316 25,504
9 Union County, NC 219 497 29,098 65,963
10 Mecklenburg County, NC 157 1,654 28,708 302,676

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