- COVID-19 case tally falls again

Scott Allen says the count of COVID-19 cases in Webster County “continues to head in the right direction.”

Allen, administrator of the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield, said the number of new cases added last week was at 43, the lowest total since early this summer.

A week prior, the number of new cases was 95.

“Unfortunately, we lost two more Webster County residents to COVID-19 last week,” Allen noted, adding that four county residents were admitted at Springfield-area hospitals with the virus as of last Friday.

Currently, there are 58 active cases in the county.

Two months ago, that total was above 200.

Last week’s two COVID-19 deaths pushed the county’s total to triple digits at 100 since the national pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020.

Over the past 18 months, there have been 5,463 positive virus cases in Webster County. Of those, 5,305 people have recovered.

The county’s total number of hospitalizations is 231.

Marshfield is the city with the highest number of cases at 2,447. Next is Rogersville at 831, followed by Seymour at 803. Fordland holds the No. 4 spot with 634 cases.

Other cities and communities in the county and their case totals are Niangua at 298, Strafford at 192, Elkland at 127, Conway at 97 and Fair Grove at 31.

The age demographic with the highest number of cases is between the ages of 50 and 59 with 865.

Close behind are people between the ages of 40 and 49 with 855 cases.

Other age groups and number of positive tests for the virus include:

• Ages 30 to 39, 833.

• Ages 20 to 29, 816.

• Ages 60 to 69, 666.

• Ages 11 to 19, 563.

• Ages 70 to 79, 371.

• Ages 80 and up, 255.

• Ages birth to 10, 239.

The Webster County Health Unit is located at 233 East Washington Street in Marshfield. The facility can be reached at 417-859-2532. The health unit’s website can be found at www.webstercohealth.com.

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