Special Report

This is the County in the Lafayette, LA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 32,820,112 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 585,182 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 Lafayette metropolitan area, located in Louisiana, a total of 48,594 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,938 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,032 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The broader Lafayette metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Vermilion Parish in Louisiana has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 5,506 infections in Vermilion Parish, or 9,197 for every 100,000 people.

Though Vermilion Parish has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Lafayette metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 202 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Vermilion Parish, above the 178 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Lafayette metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 26, 2021.

These are all the parishes in Louisiana 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 Vermilion Parish, LA 9,197 5,506 202 121
2 Iberia Parish, LA 9,932 7,220 212 154
3 Lafayette Parish, LA 9,945 23,878 118 284
4 St. Martin Parish, LA 9,981 5,365 218 117
5 Acadia Parish, LA 10,588 6,625 310 194