As the delta variant surges, and vaccinations slow, COVID-19 continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 35,366,900 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 894,498 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 12,329 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,810 cases per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.
The broader Dallas metro area comprises 13 counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Kaufman County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 17,508 infections in Kaufman County, or 14,724 for every 100,000 people.
Not only does Kaufman County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Dallas area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 230 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Kaufman County, compared to 156 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area.