Special Report

This is the County in the St. Louis, MO-IL 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 St. Louis metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Illinois, a total of 5,157 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 184 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though COVID-19 deaths per capita in the metro area are closely in line with comparable national rate, there are parts of the city where this is not the case.

The broader St. Louis metro area comprises 15 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Monroe County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Monroe County stands at 277 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the St. Louis metro area, Monroe County ranks among the top 25% 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 Illinois 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 Monroe County, IL 277.0 94 12,907 4,380
2 Clinton County, IL 241.8 91 15,380 5,787
3 Jersey County, IL 235.6 52 12,302 2,715
4 St. Louis County, MO 226.1 2,258 10,079 100,654
5 Madison County, IL 198.0 526 11,626 30,888
6 St. Clair County, IL 197.0 519 10,725 28,257
7 Macoupin County, IL 192.5 88 10,455 4,780
8 Franklin County, MO 180.0 185 10,506 10,798
9 St. Louis City, MO 168.7 525 8,088 25,177
10 Bond County, IL 143.6 24 12,494 2,088
11 St. Charles County, MO 119.5 466 11,097 43,275
12 Jefferson County, MO 113.3 253 10,574 23,613
13 Lincoln County, MO 90.0 50 11,203 6,225
14 Warren County, MO 70.8 24 9,505 3,223
15 Calhoun County, IL 41.2 2 10,869 528

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