Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Massachusetts

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February 17, 2022
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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Massachusetts

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Feb. 16 reached 926,680 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 78.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 64.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 43% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in Massachusetts using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100,000 residents as of Feb. 15, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

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#14. Dukes County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 0 (0 total deaths)
--- 100.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #3,141 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,392 (3,361 total cases)
--- 19.1% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 150 (26 new cases, -28% change from previous week)
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#13. Nantucket County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 88 (10 total deaths)
--- 73.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #3,035 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,617 (3,262 total cases)
--- 19.3% more cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 0 (0 new cases, -100% change from previous week)
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#12. Franklin County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 224 (157 total deaths)
--- 32.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #2,417 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.7 (4 new deaths, +33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,317 (10,048 total cases)
--- 40.3% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 313 (220 new cases, -51% change from previous week)
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#11. Hampshire County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 246 (396 total deaths)
--- 25.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #2,270 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.1 (13 new deaths, +160% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,030 (25,781 total cases)
--- 33.2% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 529 (851 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
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#10. Suffolk County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 277 (2,226 total deaths)
--- 16.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #2,021 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.5 (36 new deaths, +6% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,320 (203,550 total cases)
--- 5.6% more cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 241 (1,939 new cases, -38% change from previous week)
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#9. Middlesex County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (4,583 total deaths)
--- 14.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,966 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.5 (57 new deaths, -31% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,412 (312,865 total cases)
--- 19.0% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 172 (2,771 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#8. Barnstable County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 304 (647 total deaths)
--- 8.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (12 new deaths, -25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,915 (33,898 total cases)
--- 33.6% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 126 (268 new cases, -59% change from previous week)
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#7. Norfolk County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 306 (2,166 total deaths)
--- 7.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,774 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (27 new deaths, -44% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,016 (127,331 total cases)
--- 24.9% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 146 (1,030 new cases, -46% change from previous week)
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#6. Berkshire County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 311 (389 total deaths)
--- 6.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,734 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (7 new deaths, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,556 (21,935 total cases)
--- 26.8% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 396 (495 new cases, -42% change from previous week)
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#5. Worcester County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 350 (2,911 total deaths)
--- 5.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,383 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.1 (51 new deaths, -24% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,534 (187,170 total cases)
--- 6.0% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 214 (1,778 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#4. Plymouth County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 368 (1,917 total deaths)
--- 10.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,231 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.1 (42 new deaths, +27% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,726 (113,235 total cases)
--- 9.4% less cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 143 (746 new cases, -49% change from previous week)
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#3. Essex County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 387 (3,051 total deaths)
--- 16.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #1,085 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.3 (42 new deaths, -7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,490 (201,122 total cases)
--- 6.3% more cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 145 (1,145 new cases, -43% change from previous week)
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#2. Bristol County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 423 (2,390 total deaths)
--- 27.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #830 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.5 (48 new deaths, -19% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,993 (146,917 total cases)
--- 8.4% more cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 188 (1,065 new cases, -49% change from previous week)
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#1. Hampden County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 429 (2,000 total deaths)
--- 29.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Massachusetts
--- #793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.0 (42 new deaths, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,837 (129,824 total cases)
--- 16.1% more cases per 100k residents than Massachusetts
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 271 (1,263 new cases, -42% change from previous week)

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