Northwest Iowa — The latest report from the Iowa Department of Public Health reports 156 new positive COVID tests in the four-county area of Lyon, Sioux, O’Brien and Osceola Counties.
50 new positives were reported in Lyon County, with 49 in Sioux County, 36 in O’Brien County and 21 in Osceola County.
Despite the sharp uptake in positive results, no new deaths were reported in the four-county area in the past week. The death toll remains at 193 of our friends and neighbors who have lost their lives to COVID. That total comes from 76 Sioux County residents, 59 from O’Brien County, 41 from Lyon County and 17 from Osceola County since the pandemic began.
As of early Monday afternoon, 57.8% of O’Brien County residents over the age of 18 have been fully vaccinated against the virus, 51.8% of Osceola County residents in that age group have taken the poke, 49.4% of Sioux County residents and 49.0% of Lyon County residents. The county with the highest vaccination percentage in the state is Johnson County (home to the University of Iowa), where 64.1% of their residents over 18 are fully vaccinated. The lowest percentage is Davis County in extreme southern Iowa, where just 32.6% of their adult residents have gotten the vaccine.