- COVID-19 count up in Webster County

For the first time in a month, the number of COVID-19 cases in Webster County is on the rise, according to statistics released last Friday by the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield.

Scott Allen, administrator of the health unit, noted in his weekly virus report that 94 new cases were added last week, up from the 59 reported the previous week. It was the first time the county’s COVID-19 case count has grown since a report issued Aug. 16.

Allen said the county currently is investigating 148 active cases.

“There are 10 Webster County residents in Springfield area hospitals,” he said. “Two more Webster County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19.”

He added that state data reports that 29,765 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to residents of Webster County.

The data said 16,207 county residents (40.9 percent) have initiated vaccination, while 14,444 (36.5 percent) have completed the process.

In the past week, Allen said 379 doses of the vaccine have been administered to county residents.

“By population breakdown, 75.6 percent of the senior citizens in Webster County are fully vaccinated, while 18.8 percent of the 12- to 17-year-old youth are fully vaccinated,” he said. “While we still have some work to do to get to the 75-percent vaccinated rate that we’d like to see in the county, our residents are taking this seriously, and, compared to other counties, we’re doing well.”

To support that statement, Allen noted that only 35.6 percent of Wright County residents have initiated the vaccination process, while the percentage in neighboring Douglas County is only 23.6.

Greene County, which includes Springfield, has an initiation rate of 45.9 percent.

Through last Friday, there have been 5,329 total positive cases of COVID-19 in Webster County since the international pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020.

Of those, there are 5,079 recovered cases, 220 hospitalizations, 148 active cases and 98 deaths.

In terms of cities and communities with the highest number of cases, Marshfield, the county seat and the county’s largest city, leads the way with 2,388.

Next is Rogersville at 809, closely followed by Seymour at 789.

Fordland has reported 611 cases.

Other cities and communities and their number of cases include Niangua at 290, Strafford at 186, Elkland at 126, Conway at 94 and Fair Grove at 29.

In terms of age demographics, the highest number of cases reported in Webster County comes between the ages of 40 and 49 with 841. However, there is only one less case between the ages of 50 and 59 with 840.

Other age groups and their number of positive COVID-19 tests include:

• Ages 30 to 39 — 815.

• Ages 20 to 29 — 794.

• Ages 60 to 69 — 652.

• Ages 11 to 19 — 541.

• Ages 70 to 79 — 366.

• Ages 80 and up — 247.

• Ages birth to 10 — 229.

The Webster County Health Unit is located at 233 East Washington Street in Marshfield, just east of the Webster County Courthouse and city square.

The phone number for the health unit in Marshfield is 417-859-2532, and the health unit’s website is www.webstercohealth.com.

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