Special Report

This Is the County in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 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, 80,112,263 Americans 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 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area, located in Washington, a total of 733,739 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 19,260 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 24,487 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Seattle metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, King County in Washington has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 387,169 infections in King County, or 17,898 for every 100,000 people.

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

There have been a total of 125 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in King County, below the 138 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of April 25, 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 King County, WA 17,898 387,169 125 2,714
2 Snohomish County, WA 19,436 152,890 144 1,133
3 Pierce County, WA 22,525 193,680 162 1,393

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