Kershaw County has one of the highest per capita coronavirus burden rates in the United States, according to data analysis by Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 monitoring project.
Kershaw County ranks 84th in the United States in the study that looked at infection rates per 100,000 population.
The country has more than 3,100 counties or county equivalents, making Kershaw County one of the 3% highest infections per capita.
Located northwest of Columbia, Kershaw County is home to 64,361 people, making it representative of only 1% of the population of Palmetto State.
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There were 159 confirmed cases Wednesday in the county of about 750 square miles, according to data released Wednesday morning.
New York County leads the way with nearly 5,011 cases per 100,000 population. But it’s not just counties with large cities with high rates: Blaine County, Idaho, with a population of around 21,000, is ranked fourth in the country. Randolph County, Georgia, is the smallest area in the top 10, with 82 cases and a population of approximately 7,000.
On March 7, Kershaw County hosted the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Carolina. That day was one of over 500 diagnoses in the United States. Wednesday afternoon, the Americans fight against 420 000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The Greenville News visited Kershaw County while hosting 35% of the state’s cases. The community’s response, along with its history of resilience, was documented in a March 20 report.
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As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Carolina health officials confirmed 2,552 cases across the state, including 165 identified in Kershaw County, the fifth highest in the state.
Its neighbor, Richland County, has the most cases – 372 – in South Carolina. Richland County is home to both Columbia – and more than six times as many people as Kershaw County.
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also released updated estimates of possible cases for each county and postal code.
For Kershaw County, this is 1,118 possible cases, not quite seven times higher than the confirmed cases.
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