Special Report

This Is the County in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area With the Least 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, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 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 476,193 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,386 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

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

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 63,323 infections in Ramsey County, or 11,694 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 181 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Ramsey County, above the 145 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 Oct. 25, 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 11,694 63,323 181 978
2 Hennepin County, MN 12,412 153,348 156 1,923
3 Washington County, MN 13,263 33,598 131 331
4 Carver County, MN 13,556 13,612 55 55
5 Dakota County, MN 13,619 56,954 126 525
6 Le Sueur County, MN 13,769 3,853 114 32
7 Sibley County, MN 14,123 2,106 80 12
8 St. Croix County, WI 14,489 12,738 97 85
9 Isanti County, MN 14,605 5,692 190 74
10 Pierce County, WI 15,006 6,243 111 46
11 Scott County, MN 15,068 21,603 112 160
12 Chisago County, MN 15,230 8,335 115 63
13 Anoka County, MN 15,501 53,854 150 520
14 Wright County, MN 16,047 21,301 129 171
15 Mille Lacs County, MN 16,142 4,153 260 67
16 Sherburne County, MN 16,604 15,480 123 115