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Webster County Tops 4,000 Cumulative Covid-19 Cases

Webster County has now topped 4,000 cumulative covid-19 cases since the first reported case back in the spring. The cumulative number is a running total county of cases reported. Below is the latest update from Webster County Public Health released Monday evening.

Webster County Public Health Department reported an additional 167 COVID-19 positive cases since Friday. These new cases bring the county’s cumulative total to 4,034 cases. 321 cases are currently open, have been contact traced, and individuals placed into isolation.  On Monday, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health was reporting a positivity rate of over 22% for Webster County.

“The risk of contracting COVID-19 remains severe due to the sheer volume of positive cases we’re seeing in Webster County,” said Kelli Bloomquist, WCPH Public Information Officer. “We need residents to take this virus seriously in order to protect our communities and local healthcare and public health systems.”

Webster County Public Health continues to plead with residents to wear a mask correctly when you leave the house, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, limit gatherings, only leave home when it is necessary, and stay at home when you are sick.

Due to the number of COVID cases and the need for testing, it may take time to get a testing appointment. Testing is available at multiple sites throughout Webster County including the following:

  • UnityPoint Health: If you have any questions, concerns or are experiencing COVID symptoms, call your primary care provider and UnityPoint Health staff will direct you to where you need to be in order to be seen.
  • Community Health Center: Call ahead for urgent, routine or COVID-19 rapid testing. Call 515-576-6500 to make an appointment.

  • Iowa Specialty Clinic: Call ahead for COVID-19 rapid testing. Patient must be symptomatic. Call 515-955-6767

  • Webster County Public Health: WCPH is not a testing site. WCPH analyzes and acts on the testing information provided by medical providers and then provides CDC guidance and contact tracing.

If you are awaiting test results, it is imperative to self-quarantine until you know the results of your COVID test.

If you gathered with a group of people from outside of your home for Thanksgiving, please self-monitor for COVID symptoms and contact your medical provider should you feel that testing is needed.

Webster County Public Health’s COVID Hotline remains available to residents with questions regarding COVID-19, quarantine and isolation guidance, exposures, etc. The hotline is available by telephone at 515-227-7153 or via email at [email protected]

 


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