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Prison cases drive COVID-19 spike in Webster County

The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Webster County is nearing 700.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Webster County Public Health has reported 672 total cases in the county since the pandemic began earlier in the spring.

The age breakdown of positive cases is as follows:

• Children (0-17): 32

• Adult (18-40): 356

• Middle age adult (41-60): 198

• Older adult (61-80): 75

• Elderly (81+): 11

Of those cases, 334 are attributed to inmates and staff at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, WCPH said. The FDCF currently has 51 active cases of COVID-19, with 283 having recovered and been released from public health isolation requirements.

In the rest of the county, there are 25 active COVID-19 cases, WCPH said.

There have been five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Webster County.

“It continues to be imperative that residents take the COVID-19 virus seriously and follow public health guidance including staying home if you’re sick or not feeling well, if you’re awaiting test results or if you live with or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case,” said Kelli Bloomquist, WCPH public information officer.

For individuals who are unsure if their symptoms are caused by COVID-19 or allergies, WCPH encourages them to stay home until they know they are not potentially contagious.

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