Written by Stacker

As has been true throughout America’s COVID-19 history, every state—and every county therein—has its own COVID-19 story, driven by local policies and behaviors. The United States as of Dec. 8 had reached791,705 COVID-19-related deaths and 49.4 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Feb. 2, more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected, and though breakthrough infections are continuing to be studied by the CDC and other health organizations, vaccines have reduced the rate of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 death rates in Maryland using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100k residents as of Dec. 7, 2021. Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

#24. Howard County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 88 (287 total deaths)
— 52.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,981 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.3 (1 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,309 (23,804 total cases)
— 25.4% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 67 (217 new cases, +6% change from previous week)

#23. Calvert County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (102 total deaths)
— 40.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,886 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.1 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,578 (6,086 total cases)
— 32.9% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 113 (105 new cases, +69% change from previous week)

#22. Anne Arundel County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 137 (795 total deaths)
— 26.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,740 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.7 (4 new deaths, -20% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,686 (56,103 total cases)
— 1.2% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 129 (747 new cases, +38% change from previous week)

#21. Harford County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 146 (372 total deaths)
— 21.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,681 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.7 (7 new deaths, +250% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,876 (22,674 total cases)
— 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 205 (523 new cases, +27% change from previous week)

#20. Queen Anne’s County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (77 total deaths)
— 17.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,650 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.0 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,483 (4,274 total cases)
— 13.5% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 173 (87 new cases, +19% change from previous week)

#19. Frederick County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (397 total deaths)
— 17.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,649 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.9 (5 new deaths, +150% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,113 (26,247 total cases)
— 3.2% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 192 (498 new cases, +35% change from previous week)

#18. St. Mary’s County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 155 (176 total deaths)
— 16.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,632 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.8 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,262 (10,513 total cases)
— 5.5% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 104 (118 new cases, +74% change from previous week)

#17. Talbot County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 156 (58 total deaths)
— 16.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,626 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: 8,588 (3,193 total cases)
— 12.4% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 226 (84 new cases, +45% change from previous week)

#16. Caroline County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (54 total deaths)
— 12.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,589 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.0 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,818 (3,614 total cases)
— 10.4% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 395 (132 new cases, +45% change from previous week)

#15. Charles County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 164 (268 total deaths)
— 11.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,568 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: 9,230 (15,068 total cases)
— 5.8% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 80 (130 new cases, +33% change from previous week)

#14. Montgomery County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 165 (1,737 total deaths)
— 11.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,556 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.5 (5 new deaths, +150% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,186 (86,011 total cases)
— 16.5% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 80 (841 new cases, +16% change from previous week)

#13. Carroll County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 176 (297 total deaths)
— 5.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,475 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.6 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,720 (13,004 total cases)
— 21.2% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 147 (247 new cases, +5% change from previous week)

#12. Cecil County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 189 (194 total deaths)
— 1.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,373 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.9 (4 new deaths, +33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,383 (9,651 total cases)
— 4.3% less cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 185 (190 new cases, +16% change from previous week)

#11. Prince George’s County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 193 (1,759 total deaths)
— 3.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,332 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.3 (3 new deaths, -62% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,289 (102,652 total cases)
— 15.2% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 74 (676 new cases, +33% change from previous week)

#10. Somerset County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 215 (55 total deaths)
— 15.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,161 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.9 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,550 (3,471 total cases)
— 38.2% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 101 (26 new cases, +62% change from previous week)

#9. Wicomico County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 228 (236 total deaths)
— 22.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,041 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.9 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,410 (11,822 total cases)
— 16.4% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 163 (169 new cases, +41% change from previous week)

#8. Baltimore County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 230 (1,906 total deaths)
— 23.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #2,014 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (10 new deaths, +25% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,805 (81,122 total cases)
— 0.0% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 129 (1,065 new cases, +31% change from previous week)

#7. Baltimore city

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 233 (1,383 total deaths)
— 25.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,989 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (7 new deaths, +17% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,947 (64,970 total cases)
— 11.7% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 134 (797 new cases, +41% change from previous week)

#6. Worcester County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 239 (125 total deaths)
— 28.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,933 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: 10,156 (5,309 total cases)
— 3.6% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 166 (87 new cases, +78% change from previous week)

#5. Dorchester County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 272 (87 total deaths)
— 46.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,596 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: 14,116 (4,507 total cases)
— 44.0% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 276 (88 new cases, +24% change from previous week)

#4. Washington County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (429 total deaths)
— 52.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,461 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.0 (6 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,582 (22,026 total cases)
— 48.8% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 377 (570 new cases, +24% change from previous week)

#3. Kent County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 293 (57 total deaths)
— 57.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,378 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,901 (1,923 total cases)
— 1.0% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 191 (37 new cases, +54% change from previous week)

#2. Garrett County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 296 (86 total deaths)
— 59.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #1,344 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: 13,473 (3,909 total cases)
— 37.4% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 441 (128 new cases, +21% change from previous week)

#1. Allegany County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 386 (272 total deaths)
— 107.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Maryland
— #677 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.1 (5 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,232 (10,726 total cases)
— 55.4% more cases per 100k residents than Maryland
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 310 (218 new cases, +4% change from previous week)

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