- Virus cases on rise

The COVID-19 virus is on the rise in Webster County, according to statistics released Monday by the Webster County Health Unit.

As of Monday afternoon, the county had 189 active cases.

Administrator Scott Allen said 166 new virus cases were added last week.

“Compare that to the week of Nov. 15 when that number was at 38,” Allen said.

He added that there currently are 23 county residents admitted to Springfield-area hospitals with COVID-19. To date, Allen said 271 Webster County residents have been hospitalized due to the virus — four of them children.

“Demand for (COVID-19) testing is high, while demand for the vaccine is low,” he added, noting that 38.2 percent of county residents have completed COVID-19 vaccination.

Allen said statistics show a quick growth in virus cases among children.

“It’s noteworthy to point out that in October, we added 43 pediatric cases,” he explained.

“(We had) 48 cases in November, then in December, that number almost tripled to 126.”

In terms of total COVID-19 cases since the virus was discovered in the U.S. in March 2020, Webster County’s tally of total positive cases was at 6,548.

Of those, 6,243 people have recovered.

Two new Webster County COVID-19 deaths were reported to the health unit last week, which grew the number of county virus deaths to 116.

Marshfield, the county seat and Webster County’s largest city, leads the way in the total number of positive COVID-19 cases at 2,914, just 86 shy of 3,000 in the past 22 months.

Next is Rogersville at 990, followed by Seymour at 973, as both cities near the 1,000-case mark.

In the fourth spot is Fordland at 773.

Other Webster County communities and their total number of cases include Niangua at 351, Strafford at 233, Elkland at 160, Conway at 118, while Fair Grove is at 33.

In terms of the age demographic with the highest number of cases, leading the way are county residents between the ages of 50 and 59 with 1,027 cases.

Next is ages 40 to 49 at 1,001.

Other age categories and their number of COVID-19 cases include:

• Ages 30 to 39, 987.

• Ages 20 to 29, 963.

• Ages 60 to 69, 790.

• Ages 11 to 19, 665.

• Ages 70 to 79, 475.

• Ages 80 and up, 337.

• Ages birth to 10, 303.

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