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This is the County in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

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Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 33,741,500 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Illinois, a total of 301,831 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,758 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,313 cases per 100,000 people.

Even though COVID-19 infections per capita are in line with the national average across St. Louis , there are parts of the metro area where this is not the case.

The broader St. Louis metro area comprises 15 counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Clinton County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 5,831 infections in Clinton County, or 15,496 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Clinton County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the St. Louis 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 244 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Clinton County, compared to 186 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire St. Louis metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of July 20, 2021.

These are all the counties in Illinois 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 Clinton County, IL 15,496 5,831 244 92
2 Monroe County, IL 13,075 4,437 277 94
3 Bond County, IL 12,596 2,105 144 24
4 Jersey County, IL 12,434 2,744 236 52
5 Madison County, IL 11,922 31,674 201 533
6 Lincoln County, MO 11,743 6,525 95 53
7 St. Charles County, MO 11,435 44,594 122 475
8 St. Clair County, IL 11,076 29,181 198 522
9 Calhoun County, IL 10,951 532 41 2
10 Jefferson County, MO 10,900 24,341 114 255
11 Franklin County, MO 10,787 11,087 182 187
12 Macoupin County, IL 10,676 4,881 195 89
13 St. Louis County, MO 10,452 104,382 229 2,286
14 Warren County, MO 9,977 3,383 83 28
15 St. Louis City, MO 8,396 26,134 173 538

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