The Webster County Public Health issued their latest covid-19 update on Friday. The update is below.
Webster County Public Health currently has on record 3,540 cumulative positive COVID-19 cases. 432 of these cases are currently open, have been contact traced, and individuals placed into isolation. We are currently averaging 80-90 new COVID cases each day. Due to the sheer volume of current open cases, we are not able to provide an age breakdown at this time.
We are at a critical point in our state – and our county’s – fight against COVID-19. We need to flatten the curve of increased cases so that our health care and public health systems, as well as skilled nursing facilities are not overwhelmed. Currently, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is severe. Testing may require travel or waiting, and we know that a majority of these cases are related to community spread. Additionally, our healthcare systems are near their limit.
It is crucial that every resident follow public health measures in order to protect your family, your community, and your local health care workers by wearing a mask correctly every time you leave the house, washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick, practicing social distancing, limiting groups, only leaving home when it is necessary, and getting your flu shot.
As was noted by the CDC earlier this week, it is strongly recommended that families do not travel for Thanksgiving this year as community spread of COVID-19 is extraordinary. Consider celebrating virtually this year and celebrating only with immediate family.
Webster County Public Health staff will be working throughout the Thanksgiving holiday providing contact tracing and quarantine and isolation guidance. It is imperative that you answer the phone if called by public health!