The average number of new COVID-19 cases in Webster Count continues a downward trend, despite remaining in red status.

From Oct. 8 through Oct. 11, Webster County dropped out of COVID-19 red county status for the first time since July 15, ending the county’s longest stretch in the red since the pandemic began in early 2020. That 84 day period saw 859 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed locally, and 12 deaths of local residents. The reprieve, however, was short lived as the county quickly returned to red status just days later.

Webster County dropped out of the red when o a single new case of COVID-19 that was reported on Oct. 5, during the week of fall break. As families returned from the break, however, numbers rebounded slightly and pushed the county back into the red.

The single new case reported on Oct. 5 coincided with 41 cases that were reported on Sept. 28 dropping off of the 7-day rolling average, but was not initially enough to drop the county’s status as it remained at an average of 4.14 new cases per day, or 31.5 new cases per 100,000 residents. When just 15 cases were reported on Oct. 8, the daily average number of new cases dropped to 2.2, or 17.433 per 100,000.

After just four days as an orange county, Webster County returned to the red on Oct. 12 with 23 new cases, and remained there with 18 more being added to the total on Friday.

The 84 days stretch in the red status was the county’s longest period in the red. Previously the longest period had been 73 days between Dec. 2 and Feb. 10.

Despite returning to red status, the overall numbers in Webster County continue to show a positive trend as the average number of new cases continues to trend downward.

Across the Green River District Health Department seven-county region, numbers remain high and official urge residents to remain cautious.

“We are continuing to see very high incidence rates of COVID-19” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. Wearing a mask when in public or around people you don’t live with is an effective way to reduce spread. If you are not yet vaccinated, go get vaccinated today. If you have to be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask. If you are around many people right now, you should assume you are being exposed to the virus and do everything you can to protect yourself.”

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069