Special Report

This is the City in West Virginia With the Most COVID-19 Cases

The U.S. has reported more than 22,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 12, 2021. More than 360,000 Americans have died of COVID-19-related causes — the highest death toll of any country.

Nationwide, there were an average of 72.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending Jan. 12, 2021. Cumulatively, the U.S. has reported 6,856.0 cases per 100,000 Americans and 112.4 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

In West Virginia, there were an average of 81.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending Jan. 12, 2021. Cumulatively, West Virginia has reported 5,715.0 cases per 100,000 state residents, the 10th lowest of all 50 states. West Virginia has reported 90.5 deaths per 100,000, the 18th lowest of all 50 states.

While the nation’s largest metropolitan areas were hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, by now nearly every city has suffered from the virus. Outbreaks are particularly likely to occur in places where large numbers of people tend to congregate, leaving cities with high concentrations of colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes particularly at risk.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Parkersburg-Vienna metropolitan area has reported 6,127 confirmed cases, or 6,706.9 per 100,000 residents — the most of any city in West Virginia.

Weirton-Steubenville, the city with the second most cases per capita, has reported 6,452.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

The coronavirus crisis has led to widespread unemployment across the country as consumer-facing businesses have been forced to close and customers encouraged to stay home. Unemployment in Parkersburg-Vienna, which peaked at 17.1% in April 2020, was 6.5% as of October 2020.

To determine the metropolitan area in each state with the most COVID-19 cases per capita, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metropolitan areas according to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents as of Jan. 12, 2021. Data was aggregated from the county level to the metropolitan area level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates.

MSA Population Total cases Cases per 100,000 Total deaths Deaths per 100,000
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 91,353 6,127 6,706.9 63 69.0
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 119,338 7,700 6,452.3 166 139.1
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 364,446 23,452 6,435.0 320 87.8
Wheeling, WV-OH 142,664 9,030 6,329.6 148 103.7
Morgantown, WV 139,089 8,200 5,895.5 83 59.7
Charleston, WV 267,408 13,734 5,136.0 304 113.7
Beckley, WV 120,358 5,419 4,502.4 88 73.1

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