Special Report

This Is the County in the Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Since the first case of the omicron variant was detected in the U.S., new daily cases of COVID-19 have hit new highs. To date, 80,931,088 Americans are confirmed to have been infected with the virus — and over 980,000 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 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade metropolitan area, located in California, a total of 453,332 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 19,781 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 24,737 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Sacramento metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents — and of them, El Dorado County in California has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 30,261 confirmed infections in El Dorado County, or 16,212 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does El Dorado County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Sacramento metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 113 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in El Dorado County, below the 182 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of May 9, 2022.

These are all the counties in California 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 El Dorado County, CA 16,212 30,261 113 210
2 Placer County, CA 18,651 70,887 164 625
3 Yolo County, CA 18,884 40,596 147 315
4 Sacramento County, CA 20,635 311,588 200 3,013

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