Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, there have been 47,138,600 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.
In the Sioux City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, a total of 32,585 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 19,318 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 14,408 cases per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Sioux City is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.
The broader Sioux City metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Dakota County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 4,880 infections in Dakota County, or 24,019 for every 100,000 people.
Not only does Dakota County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Sioux City area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 320 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Dakota County, compared to 272 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 Nov. 19, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||COVID cases per 100,000 people||Total cases||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths|
|1||Dakota County, NE||24,019||4,880||320||65|
|2||Woodbury County, IA||19,770||20,244||250||256|
|3||Plymouth County, IA||19,206||4,809||351||88|
|4||Union County, SD||14,695||1,830||313||39|
|5||Dixon County, NE||14,306||822||191||11|