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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Arizona


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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Arizona

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 Arizona 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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#15. Coconino County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 312 (448 total deaths)
— 16.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #1,726 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.8 (4 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,660 (42,555 total cases)
— 10.5% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 714 (1,024 new cases, +21% change from previous week)



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#14. Pinal County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 324 (1,499 total deaths)
— 13.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #1,608 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.1 (33 new deaths, +32% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,484 (127,193 total cases)
— 2.4% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 459 (2,126 new cases, -44% change from previous week)



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#13. Greenlee County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 326 (31 total deaths)
— 12.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #1,597 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 10.5 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,794 (2,165 total cases)
— 15.1% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 411 (39 new cases, -33% change from previous week)



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#12. Pima County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 339 (3,554 total deaths)
— 9.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #1,477 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (59 new deaths, +9% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,485 (245,956 total cases)
— 12.5% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 421 (4,405 new cases, -41% change from previous week)



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#11. Maricopa County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 342 (15,320 total deaths)
— 8.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #1,448 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.4 (333 new deaths, +32% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,468 (1,232,073 total cases)
— 2.4% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 397 (17,806 new cases, -41% change from previous week)



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#10. Cochise County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 420 (529 total deaths)
— 12.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #857 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.1 (9 new deaths, -31% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,119 (30,371 total cases)
— 10.1% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 582 (733 new cases, -51% change from previous week)



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#9. Graham County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 433 (168 total deaths)
— 16.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #770 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.7 (3 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,219 (11,736 total cases)
— 12.6% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 402 (156 new cases, -67% change from previous week)



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#8. Santa Cruz County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 467 (217 total deaths)
— 25.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #561 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.5 (3 new deaths, +50% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,393 (16,457 total cases)
— 31.9% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 492 (229 new cases, -57% change from previous week)



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#7. Yavapai County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 472 (1,110 total deaths)
— 26.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #528 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.9 (21 new deaths, +5% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,927 (46,849 total cases)
— 25.7% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 319 (749 new cases, -38% change from previous week)



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#6. Yuma County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 509 (1,088 total deaths)
— 36.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #390 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.9 (19 new deaths, +6% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,766 (61,497 total cases)
— 7.2% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 393 (840 new cases, -40% change from previous week)



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#5. La Paz County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 606 (128 total deaths)
— 62.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #153 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 37.9 (8 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,958 (5,057 total cases)
— 10.7% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 578 (122 new cases, -13% change from previous week)



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#4. Mohave County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 629 (1,335 total deaths)
— 68.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #122 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 14.6 (31 new deaths, +41% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,455 (56,132 total cases)
— 1.4% less cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 526 (1,117 new cases, -34% change from previous week)



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#3. Gila County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 641 (346 total deaths)
— 71.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #113 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (3 new deaths, -40% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,753 (16,612 total cases)
— 14.6% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 426 (230 new cases, -70% change from previous week)



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#2. Navajo County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 750 (832 total deaths)
— 101.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #39 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.9 (11 new deaths, +10% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,416 (37,066 total cases)
— 24.5% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 682 (757 new cases, -23% change from previous week)



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#1. Apache County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 801 (576 total deaths)
— 114.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Arizona
— #25 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (4 new deaths, +300% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,837 (21,449 total cases)
— 11.2% more cases per 100k residents than Arizona
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 537 (386 new cases, -32% change from previous week)


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