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, 24,034,512 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 394,081 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 118,151 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 8,778 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 7,346 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 has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 77,157 infections in Shelby County, or 8,234 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 122 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Shelby County, compared to 127 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Memphis metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Jan. 20, 2021.

Geography: COVID cases per 100,000 people: Total cases: Deaths per 100,000 people: Total deaths:
Shelby County 8,234 77,157 122 1,142
Tunica County 8,594 874 206 21
Tate County 9,627 2,743 218 62
Marshall County 9,716 3,477 193 69
DeSoto County 9,840 17,331 106 186
Benton County 10,093 833 279 23
Fayette County 10,131 4,021 128 51
Tipton County 10,201 6,268 106 65
Crittenden County 11,113 5,447 184 90

These are all the counties in Tennessee where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).