Special Report

This Is the County in the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

As the omicron variant spreads, new daily cases of COVID-19 have hit new highs in the United States. To date, 58,313,875 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 827,991 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 35,866 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 21,263 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 17,824 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Sioux City than they are nationwide, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader Sioux City metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Dixon County in Nebraska has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 914 infections in Dixon County, or 15,907 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Dixon County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Sioux City metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 191 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Dixon County, below the 296 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 Jan. 10, 2022.

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 Dixon County, NE 15,907 914 191 11
2 Union County, SD 17,956 2,236 353 44
3 Plymouth County, IA 21,043 5,269 367 92
4 Woodbury County, IA 21,657 22,176 280 287
5 Dakota County, NE 25,944 5,271 320 65