Kern County ranks 14th for California counties with highest COVID-19 death rate

Coronavirus

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 Jan. 5 reached 830,503 COVID-19-related deaths and 57.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 62.2% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 34.7% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in California 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 Jan. 4, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

#50. San Mateo County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 83 (636 total deaths)
— 56.8% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #3,025 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.2 (55 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,387 (64,291 total cases)
— 39.5% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 434 (3,324 new cases, +30% change from previous week)

#49. Solano County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 85 (379 total deaths)
— 55.7% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #3,017 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.2 (1 new deaths, -88% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,305 (50,607 total cases)
— 18.5% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 222 (992 new cases, +16% change from previous week)

#48. Sonoma County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 85 (418 total deaths)
— 55.7% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #3,016 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.6 (8 new deaths, +300% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,456 (46,745 total cases)
— 31.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 226 (1,116 new cases, +9% change from previous week)

#47. El Dorado County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 89 (172 total deaths)
— 53.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #3,004 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,141 (19,556 total cases)
— 26.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 140 (270 new cases, -15% change from previous week)

#46. Humboldt County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 91 (123 total deaths)
— 52.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,996 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.0 (4 new deaths, +300% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,374 (11,352 total cases)
— 39.6% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 275 (373 new cases, +70% change from previous week)

#45. Contra Costa County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 93 (1,073 total deaths)
— 51.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,985 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.2 (2 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,737 (112,315 total cases)
— 29.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 252 (2,902 new cases, +3% change from previous week)

#44. Alameda County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 93 (1,546 total deaths)
— 51.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.4 (24 new deaths, +700% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,204 (137,110 total cases)
— 40.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 214 (3,577 new cases, -20% change from previous week

#43. Marin County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 96 (249 total deaths)
— 50.0% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,975 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,195 (21,211 total cases)
— 40.9% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 342 (886 new cases, -8% change from previous week)

#42. Colusa County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 97 (21 total deaths)
— 49.5% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,971 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,668 (3,376 total cases)
— 13.0% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 46 (10 new cases, -9% change from previous week)

#41. Santa Clara County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 102 (1,969 total deaths)
— 46.9% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,954 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.4 (8 new deaths, -27% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,043 (174,330 total cases)
— 34.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 641 (12,364 new cases, +165% change from previous week)

#40. Mariposa County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 105 (18 total deaths)
— 45.3% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,949 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 69.8 (12 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,382 (1,786 total cases)
— 25.1% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,372 (236 new cases, +1,375% change from previous week)

#39. Nevada County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (110 total deaths)
— 42.7% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,930 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,696 (10,670 total cases)
— 22.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 60 (60 new cases, -63% change from previous week)

#38. Mendocino County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (105 total deaths)
— 37.0% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,876 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.1 (7 new deaths, +250% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,514 (9,121 total cases)
— 24.2% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 82 (71 new cases, -21% change from previous week)

#37. Yolo County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 122 (270 total deaths)
— 36.5% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,869 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,522 (23,200 total cases)
— 24.1% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 203 (447 new cases, -3% change from previous week)

#36. Placer County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 123 (489 total deaths)
— 35.9% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,867 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,318 (45,083 total cases)
— 18.4% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 149 (594 new cases, -24% change from previous week)

#35. Yuba County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 126 (99 total deaths)
— 34.4% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.3 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,331 (11,274 total cases)
— 3.4% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 108 (85 new cases, -20% change from previous week)

#34. Santa Barbara County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 127 (568 total deaths)
— 33.9% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,849 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,512 (51,399 total cases)
— 17.0% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 302 (1,347 new cases, +21% change from previous week)

#33. San Luis Obispo County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 129 (365 total deaths)
— 32.8% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,837 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,959 (33,857 total cases)
— 13.7% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 240 (679 new cases, +2% change from previous week)

#32. San Diego County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 134 (4,469 total deaths)
— 30.2% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,813 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.7 (24 new deaths, -27% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,510 (451,019 total cases)
— 2.5% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 363 (12,133 new cases, -14% change from previous week)

#31. San Benito County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 135 (85 total deaths)
— 29.7% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,806 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.6 (6 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,912 (8,738 total cases)
— 0.4% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 635 (399 new cases, +92% change from previous week)

#30. Glenn County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 137 (39 total deaths)
— 28.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,795 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,641 (4,725 total cases)
— 20.0% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 120 (34 new cases, -23% change from previous week)

#29. Trinity County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 138 (17 total deaths)
— 28.1% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,790 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,482 (1,042 total cases)
— 38.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 41 (5 new cases, +400% change from previous week)

#28. Siskiyou County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 140 (61 total deaths)
— 27.1% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,778 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.3 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,344 (4,939 total cases)
— 18.2% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 39 (17 new cases, -37% change from previous week)

#27. Ventura County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 143 (1,211 total deaths)
— 25.5% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,765 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.6 (5 new deaths, +67% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,342 (112,871 total cases)
— 3.8% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 329 (2,781 new cases, -5% change from previous week)

#26. Monterey County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 148 (643 total deaths)
— 22.9% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,738 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.9 (4 new deaths, +33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,708 (55,161 total cases)
— 8.3% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 77 (335 new cases, -45% change from previous week)

#25. Del Norte County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 155 (43 total deaths)
— 19.3% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,700 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,026 (3,901 total cases)
— 1.2% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 140 (39 new cases, +255% change from previous week)

#24. Butte County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 156 (341 total deaths)
— 18.8% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,693 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.7 (6 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,139 (26,607 total cases)
— 12.4% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 108 (236 new cases, -6% change from previous week)

#23. Sacramento County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 164 (2,547 total deaths)
— 14.6% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,640 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.1 (125 new deaths, +1686% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,593 (179,928 total cases)
— 16.4% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 196 (3,043 new cases, -6% change from previous week)

#22. Tuolumne County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 167 (91 total deaths)
— 13.0% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,627 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,980 (8,161 total cases)
— 8.1% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 121 (66 new cases, -43% change from previous week)

#21. Amador County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 176 (70 total deaths)
— 8.3% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,575 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,073 (5,992 total cases)
— 8.7% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 55 (22 new cases, -60% change from previous week)

#20. Lake County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 182 (117 total deaths)
— 5.2% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,523 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.6 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,243 (7,239 total cases)
— 18.9% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 36 (23 new cases, -48% change from previous week)

#19. Orange County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 186 (5,895 total deaths)
— 3.1% less deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,498 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.6 (20 new deaths, -13% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,750 (373,143 total cases)
— 15.2% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 783 (24,878 new cases, +134% change from previous week)

#18. Lassen County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 193 (59 total deaths)
— 0.5% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,444 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 13.1 (4 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,527 (8,110 total cases)
— 91.4% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,887 (577 new cases, +3,106% change from previous week)

#17. Sutter County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 199 (193 total deaths)
— 3.6% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,403 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.1 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,649 (15,175 total cases)
— 12.9% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 102 (99 new cases, -41% change from previous week)

#16. Calaveras County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 203 (93 total deaths)
— 5.7% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.4 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,321 (4,738 total cases)
— 25.6% less cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 83 (38 new cases, -38% change from previous week)

#15. Madera County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (324 total deaths)
— 7.3% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,351 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.5 (4 new deaths, -43% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,382 (27,347 total cases)
— 25.4% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 103 (162 new cases, -19% change from previous week)

#14. Kern County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 213 (1,918 total deaths)
— 10.9% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,299 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.1 (10 new deaths, -60% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,425 (165,859 total cases)
— 32.9% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 557 (5,014 new cases, +299% change from previous week)

#13. Tehama County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 214 (139 total deaths)
— 11.5% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,289 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.6 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,210 (10,550 total cases)
— 16.9% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 88 (57 new cases, +10% change from previous week)

#12. Riverside County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 223 (5,501 total deaths)
— 16.1% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,215 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.3 (31 new deaths, +72% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,799 (415,024 total cases)
— 21.2% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 325 (8,030 new cases, +8% change from previous week

#11. Fresno County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 238 (2,379 total deaths)
— 24.0% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,099 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.5 (15 new deaths, -35% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,321 (163,067 total cases)
— 17.7% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 110 (1,102 new cases, -17% change from previous week)

#10. Tulare County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 249 (1,160 total deaths)
— 29.7% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #2,001 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.0 (14 new deaths, -18% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,238 (89,686 total cases)
— 38.8% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 85 (397 new cases, -46% change from previous week)

#9. Merced County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 250 (694 total deaths)
— 30.2% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,991 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.4 (4 new deaths, +33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,898 (46,923 total cases)
— 21.9% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 139 (387 new cases, +17% change from previous week)

#8. San Joaquin County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 250 (1,902 total deaths)
— 30.2% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,989 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.4 (26 new deaths, +136% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,793 (112,741 total cases)
— 6.7% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 161 (1,228 new cases, -7% change from previous week)

#7. Kings County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 252 (386 total deaths)
— 31.3% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,972 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.6 (4 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,904 (36,559 total cases)
— 72.4% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 129 (197 new cases, -19% change from previous week)

#6. Stanislaus County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 267 (1,473 total deaths)
— 39.1% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,829 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 25.8 (142 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,276 (95,133 total cases)
— 24.6% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 264 (1,455 new cases, +79% change from previous week)

#5. Inyo County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 272 (49 total deaths)
— 41.7% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,787 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.5 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,333 (2,766 total cases)
— 10.6% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 360 (65 new cases, +33% change from previous week)

#4. Shasta County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (491 total deaths)
— 42.2% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,770 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 32.8 (59 new deaths, +1867% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,011 (27,032 total cases)
— 8.3% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 82 (148 new cases, +1% change from previous week)

#3. Los Angeles County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 275 (27,647 total deaths)
— 43.2% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,751 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.5 (347 new deaths, +213% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,507 (1,757,522 total cases)
— 26.3% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,372 (137,734 new cases, +119% change from previous week)

#2. San Bernardino County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 278 (6,051 total deaths)
— 44.8% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #1,726 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.2 (4 new deaths, -83% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,303 (399,021 total cases)
— 32.0% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 264 (5,765 new cases, -16% change from previous week)

#1. Imperial County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 441 (800 total deaths)
— 129.7% more deaths per 100k residents than California
— #484 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,219 (42,076 total cases)
— 67.5% more cases per 100k residents than California
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 272 (492 new cases, -40% change from previous week)

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