Northwest Iowa — Positive COVID test results took another jump in the four-county area of O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola and Lyon counties during the past seven days.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Sioux County saw the biggest increase, jumping from 67 positives last week to 90 in the latest report. O’Brien County reports five new positives, for a total of 21, while Osceola and Lyon counties, each had the same number of new positives during the past seven days; Osceola County reports 20 new positives, while Lyon County reports 25.
According to this week’s report, there have been a total of 198 deaths from COVID-related illnesses in the four-county area since the pandemic began. That’s an increase of four from the previous report. The additional deaths are all reported in Osceola County, after last week’s report, in which the IDPH reported a three death reduction in Osceola County. This week’s report lists 77 deaths in Sioux County, 61 in O’Brien County, 42 in Lyon County and 18 is Osceola County.
According to the latest report, 59.9% of O’Brien County adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID, with 53.3% of Osceola County adults fully vaccinated, 51.0 of Sioux County adults and 50.6% of Lyon County adults have gotten the poke.
The Iowa county with the highest adult vaccination rate is Buena Vista County here in northwest Iowa. 79.1% of Buena Vista County adults are reported to be fully vaccinated. The county with the lowest adult vaccination rate is in far southeast Iowa’s Davis County, where they report a 46.1% adult vaccination rate.