Special Report

This Is the County in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metro Area With the Least 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, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metropolitan area, which covers parts of Arkansas and Missouri, a total of 92,181 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 17,511 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Fayetteville metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents — and of them, Madison County in Arkansas has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,469 infections in Madison County, or 15,358 for every 100,000 people.

Though Madison County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Fayetteville metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 230 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Madison County, above the 218 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 25, 2021.

These are all the counties in Arkansas 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 Madison County, AR 15,358 2,469 230 37
2 McDonald County, MO 15,582 3,557 197 45
3 Benton County, AR 16,143 41,807 230 595
4 Washington County, AR 19,406 44,348 207 472