As the omicron variant spreads, new daily cases of COVID-19 have hit new highs in the United States. To date, 62,973,416 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 839,043 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the US has one of the highest known infection rates in the world.
In the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area, located in California, a total of 504,458 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,795 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 19,248 cases per 100,000 people.
The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is being driven by one area in particular.
The broader San Francisco metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Marin County in California has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 25,388 infections in Marin County, or 9,754 for every 100,000 people.
Although Marin County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the San Francisco metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.
There have been a total of 96 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Marin County, above the 89 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Jan. 14, 2022.