In patch.com After adding over 644,000 new cases throughout the last week, the U.S. now has more than 46.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 740,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.
New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 23.8 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 21.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.
The San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, metro area consists of Bexar County, Guadalupe County, Comal County, and five other counties. In the past week, there were an average of 9.5 new coronavirus cases every day per 100,000 San Antonio residents, less than the national figure. The metro area’s average daily case growth in the most recent week is a decrease from the week prior, when there was an average of 16.3 daily new cases per 100,000 San Antonio residents.
The spread of coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area, COVID-19 is growing the fastest in Comal County. There were an average of 13.0 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Comal County during the past week, the most of the eight counties in San Antonio with available data.
Case growth in the San Antonio metro area varies at the county level. In Kendall County, for example, there were an average of 5.3 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past week — the least of any county in San Antonio and more than the case growth rate in Comal County.
While Comal County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, it does not have the highest incidence of cases overall. As of November 9, there were a total of 13,771.3 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in Comal County, the sixth most of the eight counties in the metro area. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 14,226.5 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In Comal County, unemployment peaked at 11.9% in April 2020. As of June 2021, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.4%.
To determine the county in every metropolitan area where COVID-19 is growing the fastest, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked counties according to the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven days ending November 9. To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data up from the county level 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 not seasonally adjusted.