Special Report

This is How Many People Have Died From COVID-19 in Colorado

Since the first death attributable to COVID-19 was reported in the United States on Feb. 29, 2020, an estimated 621,308 Americans have died — and as the delta variant spreads, that number continues to grow.

Adjusting for population, there have been a total of 190 COVID-19-related deaths for every 100,000 Americans nationwide. In Colorado, deaths attributable to the coronavirus per capita are less common than they are nationwide. Across the state, 7,056 people have died from the coronavirus, equal to about 124 deaths for every 100,000 people. Of all states — and Washington D.C. — Colorado has the 10th lowest death rate per capita.

Any number of factors contribute to variations in COVID-19 fatalities per capita across the United States. One of them is the per capita infection rate. Just as the number of deaths attributable to the virus per capita is lower in Colorado than it is nationwide, COVID-19 infections per capita are too.

To date, there have been 597,281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, equal to 10,487 infections per 100,000 people — compared to 11,376 infections per 100,000 people nationwide.

Though it is not always the case, states with higher than average COVID-19 deaths per capita are often also home to larger high-risk populations. One such group is retirement-age Americans, who are at least 90 times more likely to die from the virus if infected than those in the 18 to 29 age group. In Colorado, 14.7% of the population are 65 and older. Nationwide, 16.5% of the population fall into that age group.

All COVID-19 data used in the story is current as of August 23, 2021.

These are all the counties in Colorado where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank State Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Infections per 100,000 people Total infections 65 and older pop.
1 New Jersey 300 26,731 11,986 1,067,758 16.6%
2 New York 275 53,828 11,378 2,223,460 16.9%
3 Mississippi 268 7,991 13,603 406,249 16.4%
4 Massachusetts 263 18,169 10,753 742,202 17.0%
5 Rhode Island 260 2,752 15,072 159,355 17.7%
6 Arizona 258 18,508 13,616 976,471 18.0%
7 Louisiana 254 11,851 13,820 643,993 16.0%
8 Alabama 244 11,942 13,371 653,540 17.4%
9 Connecticut 233 8,330 10,228 365,425 17.6%
10 South Dakota 233 2,057 14,508 127,991 17.4%
11 Pennsylvania 219 28,040 9,837 1,259,775 18.7%
12 Arkansas 218 6,581 14,238 429,100 17.4%
13 Michigan 214 21,369 10,391 1,038,698 17.7%
14 New Mexico 213 4,463 10,639 222,927 18.0%
15 Indiana 212 14,214 12,150 813,046 16.1%
16 Georgia 211 22,151 12,334 1,297,503 14.3%
17 Nevada 206 6,259 12,440 377,493 16.2%
18 Illinois 206 26,197 11,596 1,477,465 16.1%
19 North Dakota 204 1,550 15,062 114,481 15.8%
20 South Carolina 201 10,208 13,304 676,377 18.2%
21 Iowa 197 6,226 12,451 392,970 17.5%
22 Florida 197 41,937 14,057 2,994,019 20.9%
23 Oklahoma 196 7,741 13,299 524,376 16.1%
24 Tennessee 193 13,096 14,328 969,998 16.7%
25 Delaware 191 1,851 11,959 115,665 19.5%
26 Kansas 187 5,456 12,138 353,390 16.4%
27 Texas 187 53,564 11,824 3,393,841 12.9%
28 Ohio 177 20,648 10,022 1,171,557 17.5%
29 Washington D.C. 169 1,155 7,767 53,162 12.4%
30 Kentucky 167 7,477 11,874 530,573 16.9%
31 Missouri 166 10,185 11,977 733,759 17.2%
32 West Virginia 166 3,001 9,780 176,608 20.5%
33 Montana 165 1,752 11,426 121,382 19.5%
34 Maryland 164 9,922 8,024 484,847 15.9%
35 California 163 64,383 10,714 4,238,099 14.8%
36 Wisconsin 144 8,356 12,260 712,751 17.5%
37 Wyoming 140 809 12,142 70,150 17.1%
38 Minnesota 140 7,843 11,261 631,858 16.3%
39 Virginia 137 11,647 8,618 734,079 15.9%
40 North Carolina 135 14,005 10,962 1,138,263 16.7%
41 Idaho 130 2,281 12,104 212,327 16.2%
42 Colorado 124 7,056 10,487 597,281 14.7%
43 Nebraska 119 2,302 12,272 236,755 16.1%
44 New Hampshire 103 1,397 7,686 104,263 18.6%
45 Washington 84 6,330 6,963 524,670 15.9%
46 Utah 81 2,563 14,253 450,539 11.4%
47 Oregon 71 2,994 5,985 250,835 18.2%
48 Maine 69 921 5,474 73,269 21.3%
49 Alaska 55 404 10,718 79,038 12.4%
50 Vermont 42 260 3,985 24,955 20.1%
51 Hawaii 39 555 3,630 51,565 19.0%