Special Report

This is the County in the Memphis, TN-MS-AR 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, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 594,888 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 Memphis metropolitan area, which covers parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, a total of 149,308 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,093 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Memphis than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Memphis metro area comprises nine counties or county equivalents — and of them, Shelby County in Tennessee has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 98,137 infections in Shelby County, or 10,473 for every 100,000 people.

Though Shelby County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Memphis metro area, its per capita fatality rate is closely in line with the regional average.

There have been a total of 178 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Shelby County, compared to 183 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Memphis metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

These are all the counties in Tennessee 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 Shelby County, TN 10,473 98,137 178 1,671
2 Tunica County, MS 10,619 1,080 265 27
3 Tate County, MS 12,013 3,423 302 86
4 Tipton County, TN 12,149 7,465 171 105
5 Benton County, MS 12,395 1,023 303 25
6 Crittenden County, AR 12,584 6,168 198 97
7 DeSoto County, MS 12,641 22,264 150 265
8 Marshall County, MS 12,776 4,572 293 105
9 Fayette County, TN 13,040 5,176 212 84