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Analysis: Metro Sioux City second worst U.S. city for 'sustained pain' from COVID-19

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SIOUX CITY -- Thus far during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sioux City has had more known cases of the virus per capita than any metro area, except Bismarck, North Dakota, according to a New York Times analysis. 

The Times noted in a story published Thursday that although other places have had "bigger outbreaks, worse days and faster surges," few have experienced the "sustained pain" that the Sioux City metro has.

Nearly 9 percent of Siouxlanders have tested positive, according to the analysis. 

On Thursday, Woodbury County, which had a 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 22.9 percent, added 136 new cases of the virus, according to Siouxland District Health Department. Its case total now stands at 8,824, according to state data. No additional deaths were reported in the county, where 105 total residents have succumbed to the virus. 

A total of 89 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized at either MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center or UnityPoint Health -- St. Luke's, according to the district health agency, an increase of nine from Wednesday. Of those patients, 63 were hospitalized because they had COVID-19. Another 26 people in the hospital have the virus, but are hospitalized for other reasons. Of the total, 48 are Woodbury County residents.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported four more COVID-19-related deaths in O'Brien County and one in Ida County on Thursday. O'Brien now has 24 total deaths and 1,046 COVID-19 cases, while Ida has five total deaths and 354 cases. 

Lyon County had the fifth highest positivity rate in the state on Thursday with 31.8 percent. Sioux and Plymouth counties ranked ninth and 10th with 29.7 percent and 29.1 percent.

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