The pandemic has not yet disappeared, as the country reported over half a million new cases of the coronavirus from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16. This brings the tally to 46.7 Million confirmed cases of infected people. Over 750,000 corona virus-related deaths have taken place, which is the highest number in the world.
The only glimmer of hope is that the fall in the rate of positivity. In the bygone week, 12.9 daily cases were being registered per 100,000 Americans. The week prior to this had almost a double rate at 23.8 cases a day per 100,000 Americans.
Though there is no pattern to a particular area’s population being more susceptible than the other cities have witnessed more outbreaks, than other parts of the country. This can be largely attributed to large gatherings, social events, and outings still taking place.
Experts have stated that the virus spreads faster in close contact groups they can even turn into super spreader-like events in places like bars, pubs, discos, restaurants, nursing homes, colleges, etc.
To limit the spread various measures and tactics are being applied by the county governments, such as the closure of thousands of brick and mortar stores, as they indulge in consumer-facing business. It has put millions of families under economic pressure and unprecedented levels of unemployment.
The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area is the safest metro area in the country. The unemployment rate which peaked at 10.1% in April last year, dropped to 5.4% in May 2021. The area also had cases much lower than the nationwide stat of 14,487.5 cases every 100,000 Americans.
To determine the safety, metro areas were ranked based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. To estimate the occurrence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, data from the county level was piled using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.