As 2020 concluded, the number of Webster County residents who have contracted the COVID-19 virus stood at 2,159, according to statistics released last Wednesday, Dec. 30, by the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield.
For those with a Seymour address, that tally stood at 296 cases, health-unit officials reported, as COVID-19 became a national pandemic more than nine months ago.
Per the Dec. 30 statistics, there were 44 active COVID-19 cases in the county.
As of Sunday, Dec. 28, the number of weekly cases was at 103, down from the 178 reported on Dec. 13.
“At our drive-thru testing on Dec. 21, we tested a total of 142 individuals with 34 positive results — for a 24-percent positivity rate, higher than the state average of 16.8 percent,” said Scott Allen, administrator of the Webster County Health Unit.
Allen added that the next test date held by the health unit arrives next Monday at the Webster County Fairgrounds, located just north of the Marshfield square. Testing is held between 9 and 11 a.m.
Marshfield is the locality with the highest number of county cases at the end of 2020 with 972 residents testing positive for the virus since testing began in late March.
Next is Rogersville with 315 cases, followed by Fordland at 302. Seymour follows at 296.
Niangua has had 110 positive tests, Strafford is next at 66, Elkland’s total is 54, followed by Conway at 39. Fair Grove has had three cases, with Diggins and Hartville rounding out the list with one case each.
The age demographic with the highest total of positive COVID-19 tests in Webster County is between the ages of 40 and 49 at 352.
Residents between the ages of 30 and 39 have 339 positive tests, followed by 324 cases between the ages of 50 and 59. There have been 279 people test positive between the ages of 60 and 69, while 272 cases are reported by residents between the ages of 20 and 29.
Between the ages of 11 and 19, there are 217 positive tests. Next is residents between the ages of 70 and 79 with 173, while those age 80 and up have 134 cases.
Children age 10 and under have tested positive 69 times.
As of Dec. 30, a total of 92 county residents have been in the hospital because of COVID-19.
The county’s death tally due to the virus is at 40.
The Webster County Health Unit is located at 233 East Washington Street in Marshfield, just east of the county courthouse. Officials can be reached at 417-859-2532 or at the health unit’s website, www.webstercohealth.com.