Special Report

This Is the County in the Knoxville, TN 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 Knoxville metropolitan area, located in Tennessee, a total of 3,079 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 355 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 307 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Knoxville metro area comprises nine counties or county equivalents — and of them, Grainger County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Grainger County stands at 482 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Knoxville metro area, Grainger County ranks among the top 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 Tennessee 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 Grainger County, TN 482 111 29,957 6,894
2 Anderson County, TN 457 346 30,051 22,771
3 Roane County, TN 444 235 30,531 16,150
4 Campbell County, TN 428 170 31,799 12,620
5 Union County, TN 404 78 29,062 5,607
6 Morgan County, TN 403 87 29,121 6,289
7 Loudon County, TN 372 192 28,971 14,952
8 Blount County, TN 348 447 31,301 40,204
9 Knox County, TN 310 1,413 28,987 132,235

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