Special Report

This is the County in the Richmond, VA Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

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 Richmond metropolitan area, located in Virginia, a total of 1,985 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 155 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Richmond metro area comprises 17 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Colonial Heights, an independent city, has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Colonial Heights stands at 352 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Richmond metro area, Colonial Heights ranks among the top 10% 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.

These are all the counties in Virginia 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 Colonial Heights City, VA 352.4 62 9,777 1,720
2 Hopewell City, VA 348.1 78 11,750 2,633
3 Petersburg City, VA 270.2 86 12,361 3,934
4 Amelia County, VA 264.5 34 7,212 927
5 Charles City County, VA 228.7 16 7,248 507
6 Sussex County, VA 191.5 22 10,448 1,200
7 Henrico County, VA 191.0 622 7,860 25,595
8 Dinwiddie County, VA 159.0 45 7,560 2,140
9 Hanover County, VA 158.9 166 7,868 8,218
10 Chesterfield County, VA 130.2 442 8,304 28,189
11 Caroline County, VA 125.9 38 8,866 2,676
12 Richmond City, VA 120.7 270 7,659 17,140
13 Goochland County, VA 102.3 23 6,534 1,469
14 New Kent County, VA 85.3 18 7,217 1,523
15 King William County, VA 84.9 14 7,571 1,249
16 Prince George County, VA 84.4 32 9,595 3,636
17 Powhatan County, VA 59.5 17 6,730 1,923

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