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Webster Co. marks 2nd COVID-19 death

Person was between ages 61 and 80

Webster County Public Health marked the county’s second COVID-19 death Monday as the county’s positive case load jumped over the weekend to 166.

The death was one of three reported in Iowa Monday, as the state’s death toll rose to 707.

The individual that died was between the ages of 61 and 80.

At the county’s first COVID-19 death, of Ben “Brent” Newton on May 14, the county had just 12 positive cases. When Newton died, the Iowa death toll was 306, less than half of what it is now.

The second Webster County death comes as the cresting wave of cases and deaths in Buena Vista County stabilized and started to crash on Calhoun County’s shores late last week.

Webster County cases fall in the following age categories:

• Child (age 0-17): 11.

• Adult (age 18-40): 86.

• Middle age adult (age 41-60): 42.

• Older adult (age 61-80): 23.

• Elderly (81+): 4.

Webster County Public Health has temporarily stopped reporting the number of recovered patients as the department awaits changing guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health on that metric. IDPH data reflected 12 new cases in the county over the weekend.

“COVID-19 is still in our community and is still spreading,” said Kelli Bloomquist, public information officer for WCPH. “It is imperative that residents stay home if they are a positive, live with a positive (patient), have been exposed to a positive (patient), have been asked by public health to remain at home or if they are not feeling well.”

The county’s COVID-19 hotline can be reached at WebCoCOVID@webstercountyia.org or via phone at 515-227-7153.

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