It is the county in the Austin-Round Rock, TX metropolitan area with the fewest COVID-19 cases
Since the first case of the omicron variant was detected in the United States, daily new cases of COVID-19 have reached new highs. To date, 77,521,589 Americans have been infected with the virus — and more than 900,000 have died from it. Per capita, the United States has one of the highest known infection rates in the world.
In the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 440,685 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there were 21,410 reported infections per 100,000 people in the region – below the national rate of 23,695 cases per 100,000 people.
The lower than average COVID-19 infection rate per capita in Austin-Round Rock is due to one area in particular.
The wider Austin metropolitan area includes five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Travis County in Texas has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 217,314 infections in Travis County, or 18,062 per 100,000 people.
Not only does Travis County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Austin metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita death rate.
There were a total of 136 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 people in Travis County, below the 162 COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 in the entire Austin-Round Rock metro area.
All COVID-19 data used in this story is current as of February 18, 2022.