Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, there have been 46,413,700 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.
In the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, which covers parts of Virginia and North Carolina, a total of 192,431 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,175 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 14,187 cases per 100,000 people.
Even though Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area that appear to be higher risk than others.
The broader Virginia Beach metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, the city of Portsmouth has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 12,805 infections in the city of Portsmouth, or 13,435 for every 100,000 people.
Not only does Portsmouth have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Virginia Beach 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 258 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in the city of Portsmouth, compared to 159 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Nov. 12, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||COVID cases per 100,000 people||Total cases||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths|
|1||Portsmouth City, VA||13,435||12,805||258||246|
|2||Isle of Wight County, VA||12,430||4,521||245||89|
|3||Suffolk City, VA||12,392||11,049||270||241|
|4||Chesapeake City, VA||12,236||29,099||153||364|
|5||Newport News City, VA||11,555||20,816||168||303|
|6||Poquoson City, VA||11,255||1,355||183||22|
|7||Hampton City, VA||11,217||15,208||176||239|
|8||Virginia Beach City, VA||11,167||50,268||124||558|
|9||Currituck County, NC||11,040||2,848||105||27|
|10||Gloucester County, VA||10,487||3,897||210||78|
|11||Mathews County, VA||10,209||898||273||24|
|12||Norfolk City, VA||10,044||24,668||140||344|
|13||James City County, VA||9,625||7,137||127||94|
|14||Gates County, NC||9,582||1,108||156||18|
|15||York County, VA||8,244||5,572||120||81|
|16||Williamsburg City, VA||7,993||1,182||95||14|