Special Report

This Is the County in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

More than 1 million Americans have died from COVID-19 – more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area, which covers parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, a total of 81,232 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 406 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 310 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 York metro area comprises 25 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Bronx County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Bronx County stands at 545 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, Bronx County ranks among the top 25% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents by COVID-19 death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of July 19, 2022.

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

Rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Bronx County, NY 545 7,831 31,203 448,655
2 Queens County, NY 524 12,033 31,796 730,833
3 Ocean County, NJ 515 3,049 30,596 181,109
4 Richmond County, NY 502 2,382 39,590 187,698
5 Kings County, NY 502 13,059 30,522 793,794
6 Passaic County, NJ 469 2,362 32,063 161,609
7 Essex County, NJ 459 3,640 30,581 242,680
8 Union County, NJ 434 2,401 29,653 163,998
9 Hudson County, NJ 411 2,746 29,495 197,216
10 Bergen County, NJ 378 3,518 28,550 265,517
11 Monmouth County, NJ 359 2,239 30,158 187,999
12 Sussex County, NJ 353 502 26,830 38,179
13 Middlesex County, NJ 351 2,900 27,413 226,624
14 New York County,, NY 341 5,564 30,204 493,071
15 Morris County, NJ 320 1,581 28,188 139,356
16 Orange County, NY 312 1,181 32,847 124,238
17 Suffolk County, NY 302 4,492 32,211 479,263
18 Somerset County, NJ 298 984 24,424 80,642
19 Nassau County, NY 289 3,925 34,166 463,478
20 Westchester County, NY 284 2,755 29,613 286,895
21 Rockland County, NY 281 911 31,598 102,278
22 Dutchess County, NY 228 671 24,535 72,107
23 Hunterdon County, NJ 224 280 22,863 28,591
24 Pike County, PA 182 101 20,312 11,273
25 Putnam County, NY 126 125 27,141 26,889

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