Special Report

This Is the County in the Kansas City, MO-KS 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 Kansas City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Kansas, a total of 288,424 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,691 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in Kansas City, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Kansas City metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Platte County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 5,923 infections in Platte County, or 5,993 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 62 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Platte County, below the 174 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Kansas 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 Platte County, MO 5,993 5,923 62 61
2 Clay County, MO 6,208 14,847 90 215
3 Caldwell County, MO 12,443 1,126 221 20
4 Leavenworth County, KS 12,801 10,246 152 122
5 Ray County, MO 12,815 2,925 219 50
6 Miami County, KS 12,953 4,291 178 59
7 Johnson County, KS 13,182 77,181 156 916
8 Clinton County, MO 13,866 2,839 376 77
9 Cass County, MO 13,892 14,264 158 162
10 Bates County, MO 13,998 2,292 263 43
11 Lafayette County, MO 14,155 4,613 224 73
12 Linn County, KS 16,399 1,580 156 15
13 Wyandotte County, KS 16,913 27,796 218 359
14 Jackson County, MO 17,124 118,501 217 1,500