Here are the Pennsylvania counties with the highest coronavirus death rates since Nov. 1 | Local News

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Smaller Pennsylvania counties are, in many cases, bearing the hardest brunt of the coronavirus pandemic right now, and the latest death data illustrate that toll.

Take Mifflin County, in the mountainous heart of Central Pennsylvania. Mifflin, with a population of 46,000, has had 41 COVID-19 deaths, and 37 of them occurred since Nov. 1, according to the state Department of Health.

In similar-sized Bedford County, on the Maryland border, 26 of 33 COVID-19 deaths have been in the past month. In Cambria County, which includes Johnstown: 59 of 68. In Tioga, on the state’s norther tier, it is 20 of 23.

Statewide, 18% of Pennsylvania’s 10,757 pandemic deaths have occurred since Nov. 1. But in Mifflin, Bedford, Cambria, Tioga and 21 other mostly rural counties half or more of all their COVID-19 deaths have occurred since then.

From a per-capita standpoint, the state’s 1,940 COVID-19 deaths since Nov. 1 equal a rate of 15 per 100,000 population, according to an LNP | LancasterOnline analysis of Health Department data and U.S. census figures.

By contrast, the rate was three to five times higher in the hardest-hit counties.

The per-capita rate over that time period was 86 per 100,000 in Huntingdon, 80 in Mifflin, 63 in Wyoming, 59 in Schuylkill and 54 in Bedford.

Those county rates — the highest in the state — compare with the below-average rates of 11 per 100,000 in Philadelphia and 10 per 100,000 in Allegheny, which are Pennsylvania’s two most-populous counties.

Among Lancaster and its immediate neighbors, the COVID-19 death rates per 100,000 population since Nov. 1 were Lebanon, 32; York, 11; Lancaster, 10; Berks and Dauphin, 9; and Chester, 6.

Here are all 67 Pennsylvania counties, ranked by their per-capita coronavirus death rates since Nov. 1. The list shows the number of COVID-19 deaths since Nov. 1, and how that translates to a rate per 100,000 population, based on 2019 U.S. Census estimates:

County Deaths since Nov. 1 Rate per 100,000 pop.
     
Huntingdon 39 86
Mifflin 37 80
Wyoming 17 63
Schuylkill 84 59
Bedford  26 54
Tioga 20 49
Cambria 59 45
Franklin 67 43
Bradford 25 41
Lawrence 35 41
Carbon 26 41
Indiana 30 36
Armstrong 22 34
Westmoreland 115 33
Lebanon 46 32
Blair 38 31
Butler 54 29
Juniata 7 28
Luzerne 88 28
Northumberland 24 26
Cumberland 64 25
Crawford 21 25
Centre 40 25
Potter 4 24
Mercer 25 23
Montour 4 22
Somerset 16 22
Fulton 3 21
Washington 36 17
Adams 17 17
Venango 8 16
Clarion 6 16
PENNSYLVANIA 1,940 15
Elk 4 13
Union 6 13
Perry 6 13
Bucks 78 12
Columbia 8 12
York 51 11
Greene 4 11
Philadelphia 171 11
Monroe 18 11
Clinton 4 10
Lancaster 56 10
Erie 27 10
Susquehanna 4 10
Beaver 16 10
Allegheny 117 10
Berks 38 9
Clearfield 7 9
Dauphin 24 9
Snyder 3 7
Northampton 22 7
Jefferson 3 7
Montgomery 52 6
Lackawanna 13 6
Lycoming 7 6
Delaware 35 6
Chester 30 6
Lehigh 21 6
Fayette 7 5
Pike 3 5
McKean 2 5
Cameron 0 0
Forest 0 0
Sullivan 0 0
Warren 0 0
Wayne 0 0
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