Special Report

This Is the County in the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing spread of the delta variant is claiming lives and threatening a return to normalcy in the United States. So far, 698,905 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 436 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 263 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 214 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 343 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 Oct. 6, 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 Plymouth County, IA 343 86 17,908 4,484
2 Dakota County, NE 315 64 21,972 4,464
3 Union County, SD 297 37 12,350 1,538
4 Woodbury County, IA 233 239 17,558 17,979
5 Dixon County, NE 174 10 12,235 703