American cities and Covid-19
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|Covid-19: The worst affected
and best performing US cities
July 2020: It has been widely reported that of all American cities New York has been worst affected by the CoronaVirus pandemic. Not only has the East-Coast metropolis witnessed overall the highest number of cases and related deaths, its per-capita numbers are also worse than those of any other major US city. A lesser know fact is that Kansas City (Missouri), with the surrounding Jackson County has, by a combination of circumstances and good local management, done better than other large American conurbations. Of 36 major US cities surveyed by City Mayor Research, Kansas City together with Jackson County has not only suffered the fewest number of Covid-19 cases and associated deaths but also has the lowest per-capita figures on record.
While per 100,000 residents New York City recorded more than 2,650 cases of CoronaVirus infections, the equivalent figure for Kansas City is 230. Even more startling is the fact that in Kansas City considerably fewer people died of Covin-19 related conditions than in New York: Kansas City 6 deaths per 100,000 people; NYC 271 deaths.
In addition to New York City, Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia were also badly hit by the virus pandemic. While Los Angeles suffered the second and third highest number of infections and deaths, the city’s per-capita numbers are still relatively low. On the other hand, Boston, which ranks tenth overall, has the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents. New Orleans and Miami have the third and fourth highest numbers respectively. Cities with low per-capita rates include San Jose, Sacramento and Oklahoma.
In Detroit and New York City a frightening high number of residents with Covid-19 symptons died. While across the US, some 4.2 per cent of infected patients died of illnesses linked to the virus, the percentages for Detroit and New York stood at 11.5 and 10.2 per cent respectively. Detroit and New York are the only major US cities where the death rate as a percentage of total Covid-19 cases is in double digits. In third-ranked New Orleans some 6.4 per cent of affected people died. Cities with low rates of death include Jacksonville (0.6%), San Antonio (0.9%) and Houston (1.0%). However, it should be noted that many of the Covid-19 infections in southern and western States of the US, occurred in recent weeks, the percentage of people succumbing to the Virus is likely to rise. There is an average time delay of some two weeks between the appearance of Covid-19 symptoms and possible death.
Covid-19 ranking of selected US cities
The higher a city’s ranking ranking, the worse it is affected: 1 = worst; 36 = best
Research note: The research was carried out between 10 and 12 July 2020. At the time of the research the number of infections still rose strongly in several southern and western US states. Because of an average time delay of some two weeks between the appearance of Covid-19 symptoms and possible death, it is likely that the death numbers in the affected states will rise significantly during the coming weeks. It should also be noted that most US states report actual and probable Covid-19 deaths but some states, such as Texas, only report actual deaths that have been verified by testing.
IN THIS SECTION: Introduction ||| Covid-19 ranking of US cities ||| US cities with most Covid-19 cases ||| US cities with most Covid-19 related deaths ||| Ranking of US cities by Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents ||| Ranking of US cities by Covid-19 related deaths per 100,000 residents ||| Ranking of US cities with highest and lowest deaths as percentage of total cases |||
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