Special Report

This Is the County in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

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.

These are all the counties in Virginia 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 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