The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the New Orleans-Metairie metropolitan area, located in Louisiana, a total of 2,597 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 206 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.
The broader New Orleans metro area comprises eight counties or county equivalents — and of them, St. John the Baptist Parish has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in St. John the Baptist Parish stands at 325 for every 100,000 people.
With the highest per capita death rate in the New Orleans-Metairie metro area, St. John the Baptist Parish ranks among the top 25% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||St. John the Baptist Parish, LA||324.5||141||8,795||3,821|
|2||St. James Parish, LA||234.1||50||9,440||2,016|
|3||St. Tammany Parish, LA||209.4||528||10,370||26,143|
|4||Jefferson Parish, LA||207.0||901||10,837||47,175|
|5||Orleans Parish, LA||205.1||799||7,912||30,830|
|6||St. Charles Parish, LA||184.0||97||10,576||5,576|
|7||St. Bernard Parish, LA||118.2||54||8,986||4,106|
|8||Plaquemines Parish, LA||115.5||27||10,940||2,557|