Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metro Area

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 30,030,084 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 545,022 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Sioux City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, a total of 23,933 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 14,189 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 9,179 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Sioux City than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Sioux City metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Union County has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 1,219 infections in Union County, or 9,789 for every 100,000 people.

Though Union County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Sioux City metro area, its per capita fatality rate is disproportionately high.

There have been a total of 257 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Union County, above the 234 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Sioux City metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of March 31, 2021.

These are all the counties in South Dakota where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank: Geography: COVID cases per 100,000 people: Total cases: Deaths per 100,000 people: Total deaths:
1 Union County 9,789 1,219 257 32
2 Dixon County 10,355 595 139 8
3 Woodbury County 14,133 14,472 212 217
4 Plymouth County 15,304 3,832 316 79
5 Dakota County 18,777 3,815 285 58