The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy. So far, the virus has claimed 603,880 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, located in Florida, a total of 12,434 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 205 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 185 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.
The broader Miami metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, Miami-Dade County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Miami-Dade County stands at 238 for every 100,000 people.
Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area, Miami-Dade County ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.