The ongoing spread of the delta variant is claiming lives and threatening a return to normalcy in the United States. So far, 644,318 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 Sioux City metropolitan area, which covers parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, a total of 425 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 256 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 197 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.
The broader Sioux City metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents — and of them, Plymouth County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Plymouth County stands at 327 for every 100,000 people.
With the highest per capita death rate in the Sioux City metro area, Plymouth County ranks among the top 25% 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 Sept. 8, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||Plymouth County, IA||327||82||16,838||4,216|
|2||Dakota County, NE||320||65||19,388||3,939|
|3||Union County, SD||297||37||10,905||1,358|
|4||Woodbury County, IA||227||232||15,835||16,215|
|5||Dixon County, NE||157||9||10,633||611|