This is the county in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO metropolitan area with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. To date, the virus has killed 577,510 Americans – more than the total number of Americans killed in World Wars I and II combined.

In Colorado’s Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, a total of 3,300 deaths have been attributed to the virus, representing 116 deaths per 100,000 people. Nationwide, 177 deaths per 100,000 people were attributed to the virus.



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Although deaths related to the virus are less common across the metro area than across the country, some parts of the metro area have more deaths per capita than others.

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Denver’s wider metro area spans 10 counties or county equivalents – and of those, Adams County had the most COVID-19 deaths per capita. So far, the Adams County’s per capita coronavirus death rate is 136 per 100,000 people.

Although Adams County has the highest per capita death rate in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, it ranks in the middle 50% of all US states or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 death per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story is current as of May 13, 2021.

These are all of the counties in Colorado where COVID-19 is slowing down (and where it’s still getting worse).

rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Adams County 135.6 674 11,648 57.906
2 Jefferson County 133.2 760 8,152 46,500
3 Denver County 117.1 812 10.354 71,793
4th Broomfield County 113.4 75 7.234 4,783
5 Arapahoe County 112.8 718 9.323 59,358
7th Elbert County 51.7 13th 6.895 1.735
8th Gilpin County 50.6 3 4,001 237
9 Clear Creek County 32.0 3 4,755 446
10 Park County 28.7 5 4,347 756

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