Since a few weeks, I report the raw number of COVID-19 deaths in Maryland counties. If this gives an idea of the cumulative number of deaths – which is interesting – it doesn’t reflect the fact that some counties have more inhabitants than others. That’s why I plotted below the number of COVID-19 deaths adjusted for the population (i.e. the COVID-19-specific death rate):
Today (May 16, 2020), in terms of absolute number of deaths, Montgomery, Prince Georges and Baltimore County are the top 3 counties (this is the same for cases but not in the same order). In terms of confirmed deaths per 100,000 population, the top 3 counties are Kent, Prince Georges and Montgomery.
|Rank on May 16, 2020||Absolute # of COVID-19 deaths||COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population|
|1||Montgomery (423)||Kent (66.9)|
|2||Prince Georges (399)||Prince Georges (43.5)|
|3||Baltimore County (223)||Montgomery (40.2)|
|4||Baltimore City (192)||Carroll (39.0)|
|5||Anne Arundel (133)||Charles (35.8)|
Overall in Maryland so far, 1,842 deaths were reported – for a total population of 6,141,808. This gives a COVID-19-specific death rate of 29.9 per 100,000 pop. For comparison, the CDC reported a flu-specific death rate of 2 per 100,000 pop. (for the whole US, 2017) and 863.8 deaths per 100,000 pop. for all-cause deaths.
Source of Maryland County population: projections from the Maryland Department of Planning.
As usual, you’ll find other graphs on my page about COVID-19 in Maryland and the data, code and figures are on Github.
Edited a few minutes after publication to add a paragraph with the comparison with Maryland and flu; adapted the y-axis label following Michael Brown‘s comment on Twitter (thanks!); and specified the flu-specific death rate from CDC following Melissa Schweisguth‘s comment on Twitter (thanks too!).