- New virus case tally stabilizes

Following a week where the number of new cases jumped from 59 to 94, it appears the infection rate for the COVID-19 virus has stabilized in Webster County, per statistics released Friday by the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield.

The number of new cases for the most-recent reporting period was 95.

On Sept. 9, the health unit reported 94 new cases.

“Things appear to be stabilizing a hit for us,” said Scott Allen, the health unit’s administrator. “There are no new deaths to report this week. We still have 11 Webster County residents in area hospitals, no change from last week.”

The county’s number of active COVID-19 cases is 102.

There have been 98 Webster County deaths as result of the virus, per the health unit, as well as 220 hospitalizations.

Webster County’s total number of positive tests for the virus is at 5,420, according to the statistics released Friday.

Of those, 5,220 residents have recovered.

The city with the highest number of cases is Marshfield, the county seat and largest city in the county, with 2,426.

Next is Rogersville at 824, followed by Seymour at 796, then Fordland at 630.

The tally in Niangua is at 296.

Strafford has had 190 cases, Elkland is at 127, Conway is next with 97, while Fair Grove is at 31.

Trends of infection among age groups remain consistent.

Leading the way are people between the ages of 50 and 59 with 857 positive tests.

Close behind is the category between the ages of 40 and 49 at 847.

Other age groups in Webster County and the number of positive tests for COVID-19 include:

• Ages 30 to 39, 826.

• Ages 20 to 29, 807.

• Ages 60 to 69, 663.

• Ages 11 to 19, 560.

• Ages 70 to 79, 370.

• Ages 80 and up, 254.

• Ages birth to 10, 236.

The Webster County Health Unit is located at 233 East Washington Street in Marshfield, just east of the Webster County Courthouse. The health unit can be reached at 417-859-2532 or via its website at www.webstercohealth.com.

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