Special Report

This is the County in the Knoxville, TN Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — 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 1,369 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 158 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 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, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Knoxville metro area comprises nine counties or county equivalents — and of them, Anderson County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Anderson County stands at 227 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Knoxville metro area, Anderson County ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.

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 Anderson County, TN 227.0 172 11,675 8,847
2 Grainger County, TN 212.9 49 11,572 2,663
3 Roane County, TN 198.5 105 12,027 6,362
4 Union County, TN 176.2 34 10,154 1,959
5 Morgan County, TN 176.0 38 11,729 2,533
6 Campbell County, TN 158.7 63 10,595 4,205
7 Blount County, TN 152.6 196 12,311 15,813
8 Knox County, TN 140.7 642 11,395 51,983
9 Loudon County, TN 135.6 70 12,129 6,260