Special Report

This Is the County in the Springfield, MO Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Following a months long surge driven by the delta variant, new daily cases of COVID-19 are falling once again in the United States. To date, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 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 Springfield metropolitan area, located in Missouri, a total of 69,079 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 15,055 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Springfield than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Springfield metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Dallas County in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,254 infections in Dallas County, or 13,661 for every 100,000 people.

Though Dallas County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Springfield metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 255 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Dallas County, above the 219 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Springfield metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 25, 2021.

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 Dallas County, MO 13,661 2,254 255 42
2 Greene County, MO 14,958 43,142 231 665
3 Webster County, MO 14,994 5,710 234 89
4 Christian County, MO 15,279 12,876 186 157
5 Polk County, MO 16,156 5,097 158 50