Special Report

This Is the County in the Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metro Area With the Most 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, there have been 44,940,700 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Lansing-East Lansing metropolitan area, located in Michigan, a total of 53,157 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,153 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 13,736 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though Lansing-East Lansing has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area that appear to be higher risk than others.

The broader Lansing metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Clinton County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 9,808 infections in Clinton County, or 12,591 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Clinton County than they are across all of the Lansing area, however. There have been a total of 136 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Clinton County, compared to 167 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Lansing-East Lansing metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 22, 2021.

These are all the counties in Michigan 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 Clinton County, MI 12,591 9,808 136 106
2 Eaton County, MI 11,823 12,905 217 237
3 Ingham County, MI 10,514 30,444 156 451