Special Report

This is the County in the Valdosta, GA Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

As the delta variant continues to surge, COVID-19 continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 42,301,000 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Valdosta metropolitan area, located in Georgia, a total of 24,918 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 17,237 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 12,929 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Valdosta is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader Valdosta metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Lowndes County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 20,456 infections in Lowndes County, or 17,853 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Lowndes County than they are across all of the Valdosta area, however. There have been a total of 236 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Lowndes County, in line with 244 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Valdosta metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Sept. 24, 2021.

These are all the counties in Georgia 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 Lowndes County, GA 17,853 20,456 236 270
2 Echols County, GA 17,476 698 225 9
3 Brooks County, GA 15,049 2,351 384 60
4 Lanier County, GA 13,631 1,413 135 14