Webster County Public Health released a covid-19 update over the weekend that said as of Friday the county was reporting 496 positive cases. That number increased to 530 according to the state’s website data on Monday morning. Over 200 of those cases are attributed to the outbreak at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. In their weekend update Webster County Public Health stated 265 people had recovered from the virus and been released from public health isolation. The state website on Monday was showing that over 6,000 people in Webster County had been tested making the positive test rate 8.7 %. The state’s website as of Monday morning says that 54% of Webster County’s positive cases are in the 18-40 age range, 29% between 41-60 years old, 11% are 61-80, 4 % are children under 18 and 2% are elderly people over 80. Webster County Public Health added the below statement to their weekend update.
In order to slow down and stop the spread of COVID-19, it remains imperative that residents follow public health guidance including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, sanitize heavily touched areas, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible, and stay home if you are sick or if you aren’t sure if your symptoms can be attributed to allergies or are COVID-19 related.
It is also important to remember to call your medical provider if you have COVID-19 potential symptoms such as cough, fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, are sick to your stomach or have a poor appetite, or if you have sudden loss of taste or smell. Your provider may request that you are tested or may ask that you wait to be tested. Testing done when you start to feel sick is the best way to pick up enough virus to give an accurate test result whereas testing before you have symptoms may result in a negative test and can give a false sense of security. Please call your medical provider and do not just show up as all providers are taking COVID specific precautions.
The COVID-19 hotline remains available to residents via telephone 515-227-7153 and email [email protected]