COVID-19 on the rise
2nd child case found in Webster Co.
Webster County Public Health confirmed two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the county to 29 confirmed cases.
One older adult (age 61-80) included in previous counts was misattributed to Webster County and has been removed from data.
The two new cases in Webster County added one count each to the child and middle age adult categories.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases fall into the following age categories:
• Child (age 0-17): 2.
• Adult (age 18-40): 9.
• Middle age adult (age 41-60): 11.
• Older adult (age 61-80): 7.
WCPH officials confirm details of each case reported and conduct contact tracing. Some cases can be misattributed to a county for a variety of reasons, such as a recent move or transient living circumstances.
“Moving a patient’s case file is not uncommon as sometimes patients have moved to a new physical address or listed a different address on paperwork,” said Kelli Bloomquist, public information officer for WCPH. “This is always found by our nurses as part of the rigorous disease investigation process.”
“This is also an example of why we continue to stress that county case numbers will ebb and flow as we move forward,” said Kari Prescott, Webster County Public Health director. “As we increase our testing, complete target testing, and have more tests available, we may see our COVID-19 positive tests increase.”
A total of 14 cases have recovered since their diagnosis, down one from the last count due to the removal of the misattributed case. A total of 1,392 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Webster County.
Statewide, the count totaled 18,357 as of Wednesday at 7 p.m. Another 16 deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the statewide toll to 491.
Webster County residents are reminded to continue social distancing, wash hands for at least 20 seconds each time, cover your coughs and sneezes, wear a mask and sanitize surfaces that are often touched.
WCPH advises those over the age of 65 or those who are medically vulnerable to remain at home as much as possible, making trips only for essential items.