Although a bit slower than a week ago, statistics released Monday by the Webster County Health Unit show that the county’s COVID-19 cases remain on the rise.
As of early Monday afternoon, the health unit reported a total of 119 active cases in Webster County as the county’s overall total of cases jumped above 700 to 708.
Hospitalizations also doubled over the previous week from 15 to 30.
A week ago, the county saw a total increase of 180 COVID-19 cases. Although the number of cases dropped, the recent statistics show the second-highest increase since the virus became a national pandemic in early March.
Scott Allen, an emergency planner and health educator for the health unit, said there was one positive statistic from the past week.
“There are no community exposures to report for the past 14 days,” he noted. “Anecdotally, this points to folks doing a better job of self-quarantining when they are not feeling well and while waiting for test results.”
Webster County, per the county’s statistics, now has had nine deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 708 positive cases, 580 people have recovered, the health unit said.
Marshfield, the county seat, leads the way in positive cases with 288, followed by Rogersville at 135. Fordland is next with 110.
Seymour is fourth with 87 cases.
Other communities and their total number of positive test results include Niangua at 38, Strafford at 21, Conway and Elkland with 14 each, while Diggins has reported only a single positive case.
By age, the demographic with the highest number of cases comes between the ages of 30 and 39 with 125.
Positive cases in the county also includes:
• Ages 40 to 49, 108.
• Ages 50 to 59, 90.
• Ages 60 to 69, 89.
• Ages 20 to 29, 80.
• Ages 80 and above, 75.
• Ages 11 to 19, 63.
• Ages 70 to 79, 51.
• Ages birth to 10, 27.
The Webster County Health Unit is located at 233 East Washington Street in Marshfield, just east of the city square and county courthouse.
Officials can be reached at 417-859-2532.