Special Report

This Is the County in the Jefferson City, 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 Jefferson City metropolitan area, located in Missouri, a total of 24,949 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 16,505 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 Jefferson City than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Jefferson City metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents — and of them, Osage County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,125 infections in Osage County, or 15,603 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Osage County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Jefferson City metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 169 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Osage County, below the 199 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Jefferson City metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 Osage County, MO 15,603 2,125 169 23
2 Moniteau County, MO 16,161 2,579 238 38
3 Callaway County, MO 16,510 7,403 154 69
4 Cole County, MO 16,734 12,842 223 171