Special Report

This Is the County in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States and the virus continues to claim lives. So far, 774,868 Americans have died from the virus — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which covers parts of Nebraska and Iowa, a total of 1,385 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 150 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 237 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Omaha metro area comprises eight counties or county equivalents — and of them, Harrison County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Harrison County stands at 559 for every 100,000 people.

With the highest per capita death rate in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, Harrison County ranks among the top 10% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents by COVID-19 death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Dec. 1, 2021.

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

Rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Harrison County, IA 559 79 16,567 2,343
2 Pottawattamie County, IA 228 213 16,994 15,890
3 Mills County, IA 201 30 14,769 2,209
4 Douglas County, NE 147 817 16,847 93,502
5 Washington County, NE 143 29 15,144 3,062
6 Saunders County, NE 109 23 16,700 3,511
7 Sarpy County, NE 98 174 17,364 30,968
8 Cass County, NE 78 20 15,127 3,888