Special Report

This Is the County in the Corpus Christi, TX Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

Following a months long surge driven by the delta variant, new daily cases of COVID-19 are falling once again in the United States. To date, there have been 44,408,600 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Corpus Christi metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 75,572 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 16,709 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 13,574 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Corpus Christi is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader Corpus Christi metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Nueces County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 66,112 infections in Nueces County, or 18,340 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Nueces County than they are across all of the Corpus Christi area, however. There have been a total of 340 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Nueces County, in line with 344 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Corpus Christi metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 15, 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 Nueces County, TX 18,340 66,112 340 1,226
2 Aransas County, TX 10,419 2,580 242 60
3 San Patricio County, TX 10,262 6,880 401 269