Special Report

This Is the County in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

There have been 81,417,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States to date – and that number continues to grow.

In the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan area, which covers parts of Oregon and Washington, a total of 395,680 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Adjusted for population, there have been 16,364 confirmed infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 24,885 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area that appear to be higher risk than others.

The broader Portland metro area comprises seven counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Clark County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 91,106 confirmed infections in Clark County, or 19,577 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Clark County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Portland area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 172 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Clark County, compared to 147 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 13, 2022.

These are all the counties in Washington 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 Clark County, WA 19,577 91,106 172 801
2 Yamhill County, OR 17,537 18,207 214 222
3 Clackamas County, OR 15,636 63,447 156 632
4 Columbia County, OR 15,614 7,940 187 95
5 Washington County, OR 15,542 90,426 102 594
6 Multnomah County, OR 15,404 123,025 151 1,203
7 Skamania County, WA 13,158 1,529 112 13

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