5 Deadliest Regions For Coronavirus Deaths in the U.S.

Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are approaching nearly 170,600. Nearly a third (over 32.9 percent) of the country's COVID-19 deaths to date have been reported in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the latest report Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The Mid-Atlantic region (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) has the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, followed by the New England, East North Central, West South Central and South Atlantic regions in the top five rankings, according to data compiled by JHU.

New York alone has the highest death count (32,846 deaths) than the regional death tallies seen in eight of the country's total nine regions. The West North Central region was reported to have the lowest number of deaths per 100,000 people, according to JHU.

Mortality is measured per 100,000 people, which represents a given area's "general population, with both confirmed cases and healthy people," JHU explains.

The metric is used to show the number of deaths proportionally to a given population. The figure is devised by multiplying the number of deaths by 100,000 and dividing that number by the area's total population.

"One of the most important ways to measure the burden of COVID-19 is mortality,"JHU notes.

Differences in mortality can be caused several factors "for example, mortality tends to be higher in older populations," and "mortality may rise as hospitals become overwhelmed and have fewer resources," among other unknown factors, JHU explains.

Five U.S. regions with most COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people

Source: Johns Hopkins University, as of August 18

  1. Mid-Atlantic: 169.6
  2. New England: 100.6
  3. East North Central: 48.1
  4. West South Central: 40.1
  5. South Atlantic: 39.9
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Below are the total confirmed deaths in each state, as well as Washington, D.C., within different regions across the country. All case data below is from the latest report Tuesday by JHU. All population data below is from the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2019.

Mid-Atlantic

Deaths per 100,000 people: 169.6
Total confirmed deaths: 56,215
Total population of region: 33,137,740

  1. New York: 32,846 deaths (state population: 19,453,561)
  2. New Jersey: 15,916 (8,882,190)
  3. Pennsylvania: 7,453 (12,801,989)

New England

Deaths per 100,000 people: 100.6
Total confirmed deaths: 14,929
Total population of region: 14,845,063

  1. Massachusetts: 8,842 deaths (state population: 6,892,503)
  2. Connecticut: 4,456 (3,565,287)
  3. Rhode Island: 1,023 (1,059,361)
  4. New Hampshire: 423 (1,359,711)
  5. Maine: 127 (1,344,212)
  6. Vermont: 58 (623,989)

East North Central

Deaths per 100,000 people: 48.1
Total confirmed deaths: 22,565
Total population of region: 46,902,431

  1. Illinois: 7,967 deaths (state population: 12,671,821)
  2. Michigan: 6,592 (9,986,857)
  3. Ohio: 3,832 (11,689,100)
  4. Indiana: 3,135 (6,732,219)
  5. Wisconsin: 1,039 (5,822,434)

West South Central

Deaths per 100,000 people: 40.1
Total confirmed deaths: 16,271
Total population of region: 40,619,450

  1. Texas: 10,477 deaths (state population: 28,995,881)
  2. Louisiana: 4,526 (4,648,794)
  3. Oklahoma: 665 (3,956,971)
  4. Arkansas: 603 (3,017,804)

South Atlantic

Deaths per 100,000 people: 39.9
Total confirmed deaths: 26,278
Total population of region: 65,784,817

  1. Florida: 9,539 deaths (state population: 21,477,737)
  2. Georgia: 4,727 (10,617,423)
  3. Maryland: 3,641 (6,045,680)
  4. Virginia: 2,385 (8,535,519)
  5. North Carolina: 2,348 (10,488,084)
  6. South Carolina: 2,288 (5,148,714)
  7. Washington, D.C.: 597 (705,749)
  8. Delaware: 593 (973,764)
  9. West Virginia: 160 (1,792,147)

Mountain region in the West

Deaths per 100,000 people: 35.9
Total confirmed deaths: 8,946
Total population of region: 24,854,998

  1. Arizona: 4,506 deaths (state population: 7,278,717)
  2. Colorado: 1,896 (5,758,736)
  3. Nevada: 1,077 (3,080,156)
  4. New Mexico: 718 (2,096,829)
  5. Utah: 364 (3,205,958)
  6. Idaho: 273 (1,787,065)
  7. Montana: 82 (1,068,778)
  8. Wyoming: 30 (578,759)

East South Central

Deaths per 100,000 people: 32.5
Total confirmed deaths: 6,225
Total population of region: 19,176,181

  1. Mississippi: 2,095 (2,976,149)
  2. Alabama: 1,925 (4,903,185)
  3. Tennessee: 1,387 deaths (state population: 6,829,174)
  4. Kentucky: 818 (4,467,673)

Pacific

Deaths per 100,000 people: 25.4
Total confirmed deaths: 13,588
Total population of region: 53,492,270

  1. California: 11,347 deaths (state population: 39,512,223)
  2. Washington: 1,785 (7,614,893)
  3. Oregon: 388 (4,217,737)
  4. Hawaii: 40 (1,415,872)
  5. Alaska: 28 (731,545)

West North Central

Deaths per 100,000 people: 24.3
Total confirmed deaths: 5,207
Total population of region: 21,426,573

  1. Minnesota: 1,758 deaths (state population: 5,639,632)
  2. Missouri: 1,415 (6,137,428)
  3. Iowa: 987 (3,155,070)
  4. Kansas: 406 (2,913,314)
  5. Nebraska: 362 (1,934,408)
  6. South Dakota: 153 (884,659)
  7. North Dakota: 126 (762,062)

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