After adding over 24,000 new cases on May 27, the U.S. now has more than 32.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 580,000 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 8.3 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 11.3 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 different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.
The Kansas City, MO-KS, metro area consists of Jackson County, Johnson County, Clay County, and 11 other counties. In the past week, there were an average of 7.9 new coronavirus cases every day per 100,000 Kansas City residents, in line with the national figure. The metro area’s average daily case growth in the most recent week is essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 8.5 daily new cases per 100,000 Kansas City residents.
The spread of coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Kansas City metro area, COVID-19 is growing the slowest in Bates County. There were an average of 0.9 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Bates County during the past week, the least of the 14 counties in Kansas City with available data.
Case growth in the Kansas City metro area varies widely at the county level. In Lafayette County, for example, there were an average of 10.6 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past week — the most of any county in Kansas City and far more than the case growth rate in Bates County.
While Bates County has the slowest case growth in the Kansas City area, it does not have the lowest incidence of cases overall. As of May 27, there were a total of 8,210.6 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in Bates County, the third fewest of the 14 counties in the metro area. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 10,115.4 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.