Webster County’s number of active COVID-19 cases now stands at 81, according to statistics released last Friday by the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield.
That brings the total number of cases at 1,153 since the national pandemic was discovered in March.
It also marked the third consecutive week that the number of active cases remained stable after large spikes of the virus in September and early October.
Last Sunday, Oct. 25, there were 99 active cases.
The tally was 92 on Oct. 18, while there were 107 cases on Oct. 11.
Prior to that, higher numbers of active COVID-19 cases were reported, as the total was 181 on Oct. 4 and 215 on Sept. 20.
In the statistics released last Friday, hospitalizations were at 50, up from 47 at this time a week ago, while the number of deaths remained at 18.
Marshfield, the county seat and most-populous city, leads the way in positive cases at 471, up from 433 as of the previous week.
Next is Fordland at 204, which saw its number of positive cases grow by only nine.
Rogersville has 178 cases, a jump of only seven, while Seymour is next at 156 (up from 145).
Other communities and their total number of positive test results include Niangua at 65 (an increase of 10), Strafford at 35, Elkland at 26, Conway at 17 and Diggins at only 1.
The age demographic of 30 to 39 now has the highest number of cases at 196.
Other age categories in the county and their number of positive test results include:
• Ages 40 to 49, 193.
• Ages 50 to 59, 159.
• Ages 60 to 69, 152.
• Ages 20 to 29, 127.
• Ages 11 to 19, 110.
• Ages 80 and up, 93.
• Ages 70 to 79, 88.
• Ages birth to 10, 35.
Officials at the health unit can be reached at 417-859-2532 or online at www.webstercohealth.com.
Updates are published daily, when available, on our website: www.webstercountycitizen.com