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

2022-01-21

As the Omicron variant spreads, new daily cases of COVID-19 in the United States have reached new highs and the virus continues to claim lives. So far, 846,647 Americans have died from the virus — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, a total of 20,875 deaths have been attributed to the virus, which translates to 219 deaths per 100,000 people. Nationwide, 259 deaths per 100,000 population have been attributed to the virus.

Although deaths attributed to the virus are less common in the metro area than nationally, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Chicago metro area includes 14 counties, or county equivalents — and of them, Newton County had the most COVID-19 deaths per capita. So far, the per capita death rate from the coronavirus in Newton County is 421 per 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, Newton County is in the top 25% of all U.S. counties or county equivalent by COVID-19 per capita death rate.

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