Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Washington

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

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 Washington 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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#39. San Juan County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 6 (1 total deaths)
--- 96.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #3,119 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: 6,069 (1,067 total cases)
--- 67.2% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 307 (54 new cases, +54% change from previous week)
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#38. Jefferson County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 74 (24 total deaths)
--- 50.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #3,071 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,631 (2,781 total cases)
--- 53.4% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 369 (119 new cases, -1% change from previous week)
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#37. Island County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 76 (65 total deaths)
--- 49.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #3,067 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.7 (4 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,332 (9,648 total cases)
--- 38.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 348 (296 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
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#36. Skamania County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 83 (10 total deaths)
--- 44.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #3,052 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: 11,876 (1,435 total cases)
--- 35.9% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 314 (38 new cases, -58% change from previous week)
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#35. King County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 108 (2,427 total deaths)
--- 27.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,976 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.3 (51 new deaths, -32% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,051 (361,584 total cases)
--- 13.4% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 253 (5,692 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#34. Whatcom County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (253 total deaths)
--- 26.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,971 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.8 (11 new deaths, +38% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,812 (36,248 total cases)
--- 14.6% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 483 (1,108 new cases, -22% change from previous week)
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#33. Wahkiakum County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 111 (5 total deaths)
--- 25.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,967 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: 11,676 (524 total cases)
--- 37.0% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 512 (23 new cases, -32% change from previous week)
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#32. Kitsap County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 112 (305 total deaths)
--- 24.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,965 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (11 new deaths, -15% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,969 (37,921 total cases)
--- 24.6% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 423 (1,148 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
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#31. Thurston County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 120 (348 total deaths)
--- 19.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,943 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.2 (18 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,708 (45,638 total cases)
--- 15.2% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 470 (1,366 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
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#30. Kittitas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (58 total deaths)
--- 18.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,940 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: 17,071 (8,183 total cases)
--- 7.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 305 (146 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
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#29. Snohomish County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 122 (1,007 total deaths)
--- 18.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,931 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (34 new deaths, +42% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,030 (148,223 total cases)
--- 2.7% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 421 (3,463 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
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#28. Pierce County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 137 (1,242 total deaths)
--- 8.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,873 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.6 (42 new deaths, +8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,300 (183,707 total cases)
--- 9.6% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 353 (3,199 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#27. Skagit County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 139 (179 total deaths)
--- 6.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,867 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.9 (5 new deaths, -29% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,725 (21,610 total cases)
--- 9.7% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 450 (582 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
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#26. Douglas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 140 (61 total deaths)
--- 6.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,862 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.6 (2 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,647 (10,704 total cases)
--- 33.0% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 663 (288 new cases, -34% change from previous week)
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#25. Clark County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 147 (718 total deaths)
--- 1.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,825 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.0 (10 new deaths, -52% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,882 (82,426 total cases)
--- 8.9% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 577 (2,819 new cases, -31% change from previous week)
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#24. Clallam County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 149 (115 total deaths)
--- 0.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,817 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.9 (3 new deaths, -25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,359 (11,104 total cases)
--- 22.5% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 870 (673 new cases, +39% change from previous week)
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#23. Whitman County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 176 (88 total deaths)
--- 18.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,699 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.0 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,362 (8,699 total cases)
--- 6.3% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 74 (37 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
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#22. Klickitat County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 178 (40 total deaths)
--- 19.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,681 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.5 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,171 (3,402 total cases)
--- 18.1% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 464 (104 new cases, -28% change from previous week)
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#21. Adams County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (36 total deaths)
--- 20.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,671 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.0 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,151 (4,826 total cases)
--- 30.4% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 400 (80 new cases, -15% change from previous week)
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#20. Mason County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 189 (126 total deaths)
--- 26.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,619 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.5 (3 new deaths, -70% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,562 (11,726 total cases)
--- 5.2% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 425 (284 new cases, -56% change from previous week)
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#19. Chelan County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 189 (146 total deaths)
--- 26.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,618 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.6 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,350 (19,570 total cases)
--- 36.8% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 596 (460 new cases, -30% change from previous week)
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#18. Grant County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (201 total deaths)
--- 38.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,528 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.1 (3 new deaths, -25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,702 (25,119 total cases)
--- 38.7% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 509 (497 new cases, -41% change from previous week)
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#17. Walla Walla County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 207 (126 total deaths)
--- 38.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,525 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.6 (1 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,631 (14,966 total cases)
--- 33.0% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 648 (394 new cases, -19% change from previous week)
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#16. Pacific County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 209 (47 total deaths)
--- 40.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,518 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.5 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,628 (3,287 total cases)
--- 21.0% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 743 (167 new cases, -25% change from previous week)
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#15. Franklin County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 211 (201 total deaths)
--- 41.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,504 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.1 (1 new deaths, -86% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,807 (32,192 total cases)
--- 82.5% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 379 (361 new cases, -65% change from previous week)
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#14. Benton County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 213 (436 total deaths)
--- 43.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,482 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.4 (7 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,992 (51,082 total cases)
--- 34.9% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 568 (1,161 new cases, -19% change from previous week)
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#13. Pend Oreille County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 219 (30 total deaths)
--- 47.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,451 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.3 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,151 (2,491 total cases)
--- 2.0% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 510 (70 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
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#12. Spokane County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 241 (1,262 total deaths)
--- 61.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,308 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (20 new deaths, -29% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,101 (120,772 total cases)
--- 24.7% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 528 (2,761 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
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#11. Grays Harbor County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 245 (184 total deaths)
--- 64.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,282 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.7 (5 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,898 (15,686 total cases)
--- 12.8% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 517 (388 new cases, -38% change from previous week)
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#10. Lincoln County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 247 (27 total deaths)
--- 65.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,266 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: 19,856 (2,172 total cases)
--- 7.2% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 887 (97 new cases, +28% change from previous week)
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#9. Asotin County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 257 (58 total deaths)
--- 72.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,185 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.4 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,847 (4,256 total cases)
--- 1.7% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 651 (147 new cases, +39% change from previous week)
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#8. Lewis County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 266 (215 total deaths)
--- 78.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,119 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,040 (16,981 total cases)
--- 13.6% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 613 (495 new cases, -21% change from previous week)
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#7. Okanogan County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 270 (114 total deaths)
--- 81.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #2,085 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.1 (3 new deaths, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,092 (8,065 total cases)
--- 3.1% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 855 (361 new cases, +5% change from previous week)
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#6. Stevens County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 280 (128 total deaths)
--- 87.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,992 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 15.3 (7 new deaths, +600% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,177 (7,854 total cases)
--- 7.3% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 483 (221 new cases, -21% change from previous week)
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#5. Cowlitz County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 287 (317 total deaths)
--- 92.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,943 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.6 (4 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,430 (21,488 total cases)
--- 4.9% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 541 (598 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
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#4. Yakima County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 289 (725 total deaths)
--- 94.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,926 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.8 (17 new deaths, -23% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,134 (70,581 total cases)
--- 51.9% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 410 (1,029 new cases, -42% change from previous week)
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#3. Ferry County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 302 (23 total deaths)
--- 102.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,828 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 13.1 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,028 (1,375 total cases)
--- 2.7% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,324 (101 new cases, +102% change from previous week)
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#2. Garfield County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 315 (7 total deaths)
--- 111.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,701 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: 16,584 (369 total cases)
--- 10.5% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 584 (13 new cases, -54% change from previous week)
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#1. Columbia County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 326 (13 total deaths)
--- 118.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
--- #1,599 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,856 (592 total cases)
--- 19.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 552 (22 new cases, -48% change from previous week)

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