- Active virus cases down to only 24 in county

Webster County’s COVID-19 case count just keeps getting lower.

A new low since the spring arrived last week as the number of active cases in the county was reported at 24, as of last Friday, per the Webster County Health Unit.

“Things continue to head in the right direction regarding COVID-19 cases for Webster County,” noted Scott Allen, administrator of the county’s health unit. Allen said that as of Friday, there were only four county residents admitted in Springfield-area hospitals due to the virus, while there were no current cases in the county’s nursing homes.

Per the statistics released last week by the health unit, Seymour now holds the distinction of being the city with the second-most COVID-19 cases at 869 since the virus emerged in the U.S. in March 2020.

Marshfield has the highest number of cases at 2,521.

Third is Rogersville at 864, just five behind Seymour.

Other cities and communities in the county and their total number of COVID-19 cases include Fordland at 649, Niangua at 303, Strafford at 206, Elkland at 130, Conway at 102 and Fair Grove at 32.

The age demographic with the highest number of cases is between ages 50 and 59 with 892.

Next is between the ages of 40 and 49 with 880 cases.

Other age categories and their total number of positive tests include:

• Ages 30 to 39, 869.

• Ages 20 to 29, 841.

• Ages 60 to 69, 691.

• Ages 11 to 19, 594.

• Ages 70 to 79, 390.

• Ages 80 and up, 263.

• Ages birth to 10, 259.

As of last Friday, there have been 105 county deaths due to COVID-19, while 241 residents have been hospitalized.

The total number of cases stands at 5,679 — there has been a full recovery for 5,550 of them.

Allen said that as of Friday, there were eight active cases involving the county’s school students, with an additional 19 students now in quarantine.

State data reports that 15,069 (38.1 percent) of Webster County’s residents have initiated COVID-19 vaccination, while 13,690 (34.6 percent) have completed the process.

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