Los Angeles County Now Has More COVID-19 Cases than Any Other County in the U.S.

At least 88,262 infections have been confirmed so far–almost as many as the whole state of Florida

Los Angeles County has earned a dubious superlative this week. L.A. is now the American county with the most coronavirus confirmations.

Data reported by ABC News compared the number positive test results in counties across the country, though it did not take into account per capita infection rate or account for where testing has become more or less widespread.

So far, at least 88,262 cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles County, putting it at the top of the list.

Just over 10 million people live in the county, however, meaning the infection rate is around 870.79 cases for every 100,000 residents. Of the 978,915 Angelenos who have been tested, eight percent have received positive results.

For comparison, the entire state of Florida, home to an estimated 21.5 million residents–and cited by many as an example of a state that may have rushed to reopen too quickly–now has a total of 100,000 confirmed cases statewide.

Following L.A. County on the list is Cook County, Illinois, where Chicago is located. That county has logged 87,700 confirmations among a population of just 5.2 million residents.

Next on the list of most coronavirus confirmations is the Queens borough of New York City, with 64,000 cases among a population of 2.27 million. Each of New York City’s boroughs are treated as individual counties. Taken as a whole, however, New York City has logged 218,089 cases.


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