Special Report

This Is the County in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, located in Colorado, a total of 5,946 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 209 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, some parts of the metro area have more deaths per capita than others.

The broader Denver metro area comprises 10 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Adams County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Adams County stands at 267 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, Adams County ranks among the bottom 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 June 28, 2022.

These are all the counties in Colorado 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 Adams County, CO 267 1,327 29,092 144,621
2 Jefferson County, CO 242 1,380 24,233 138,233
3 Denver County, CO 200 1,388 27,649 191,721
4 Arapahoe County, CO 192 1,220 26,526 168,883
5 Broomfield County, CO 178 118 23,205 15,343
6 Elbert County, CO 159 40 20,261 5,098
7 Douglas County, CO 133 436 26,539 87,211
8 Clear Creek County, CO 128 12 18,147 1,702
9 Park County, CO 121 21 17,767 3,090
10 Gilpin County, CO 68 4 17,657 1,046

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