Special Report

This is the County in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 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 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which covers parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, a total of 383,650 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,784 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 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Minneapolis metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Ramsey County in Minnesota has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 52,449 infections in Ramsey County, or 9,686 for every 100,000 people.

Though Ramsey County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Minneapolis metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 165 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Ramsey County, above the 130 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Minnesota 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 Ramsey County, MN 9,686 52,449 165 895
2 Sibley County, MN 9,844 1,468 67 10
3 Hennepin County, MN 10,100 124,779 143 1,772
4 Carver County, MN 10,615 10,659 48 48
5 Le Sueur County, MN 10,617 2,971 89 25
6 Washington County, MN 10,815 27,396 114 290
7 St. Croix County, WI 11,151 9,804 76 67
8 Dakota County, MN 11,186 46,780 112 470
9 Isanti County, MN 11,279 4,396 164 64
10 Chisago County, MN 11,314 6,192 95 52
11 Pierce County, WI 11,990 4,988 103 43
12 Mille Lacs County, MN 12,107 3,115 210 54
13 Scott County, MN 12,234 17,540 93 134
14 Anoka County, MN 12,293 42,709 132 458
15 Wright County, MN 12,358 16,404 111 148
16 Sherburne County, MN 12,871 12,000 101 94