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COVID-19: This Is The Least Dangerous County In The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

2021-06-09

Despite ongoing vaccination efforts against COVID-19, the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. To date, 33,027,029 Americans have contracted the virus – and 591,694 have died from it. On a per capita basis, the US has one of the highest known infection rates in the world.

A total of 1,007,615 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. When adjusted for the population, there were 10,566 reported infections per 100,000 people in the region – in line with the national rate of 10,095 cases per 100,000 people.

Although per capita cases of COVID-19 closely match the national per capita infection rate in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, there are still parts of the metropolitan area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

Greater Chicago has 14 counties or county equivalents – and of them, Newton County, Indiana, has the fewest per capita COVID-19 cases. To date, there have been a total of 1,117 infections, or 7,968 for every 100,000 people, in Newton County.

Although Newton County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Chicago area, the per capita death rate is disproportionately high.

There were a total of 250 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 people in Newton County, more than the 176 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in the entire Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story is as of June 7, 2021.

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