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


Despite ongoing vaccination efforts against COVID-19, the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. To date, 34,092,714 Americans have contracted the virus – and 604,940 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 1,019,026 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Adjusted for the population, there were 10,686 reported infections per 100,000 people in the region – in line with the national rate of 10,421 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 encompasses 14 counties or county equivalents – and of those, Newton County, Indiana, has the fewest per capita COVID-19 cases. So far, there have been a total of 1,216 infections or 8,675 per 100,000 residents in Newton County.

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

There were a total of 257 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 people in Newton County, more than the 180 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in the entire Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story is as of July 23, 2021.

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