Webster County Public Health released a covid-19 update Monday Evening. Below is that update.
Webster County Public Health’s cumulative COVID-19 case count increased to 1,169 positive cases, up 57 cases since September 9th’s last report.
808 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and contact traced in our Webster County communities. 734 of these cases have met the requirements for release from public health isolation and are considered recovered. 74 cases remain open and are being monitored.
There are currently no new cases at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. 361 individuals previously tested positive and all met the requirements for public health recovery.
The age breakdown of all cases is as follows: 59 children (0-17), 562 adults (18-40), 356 middle-aged adults (41-60), 165 older adults (61-80), and 27 elderly (81+).
Webster County Public Health continues to recommend that residents wear a mask when they are around others, especially when they don’t know others’ exposure risk.
Allergy season has also started in Iowa. COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are not the same thing, though they share some symptoms including cough, sore throat, and congestion. However, COVID-19 symptoms also include fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you aren’t sure if your symptoms are COVID-19 or allergies, please stay home until you know for sure and contact your primary care doctor to see if testing is needed. Testing continues to be available at UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge by calling your primary care physician and at Community Health Center-Fort Dodge by calling ahead for an appointment.