The first official case of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) was reported in Webster County on Monday by Webster County Judge Executive Steve Henry through the county-wide one-call system.

“Last Thursday I called, talking with everyone concerning the Coronavirus,” Henry said in a recorded statement. “At that time I stated that I would let the people of Webster County know when the first positive case came back. Unfortunately today is that day.”

According to Henry, a 77-year-old male tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

“The Green River Health District, along with the Webster County Health Department is doing a thorough investigation,” Henry said. “We ask that you continue to pray for this gentleman and his family. We known this will only get worse, unfortunately, but we have to do what we can to help control how quickly the virus spreads.”

The identity of the individual was not released as of press time, but according to Webster County Emergency Management, he and everyone he’d had contact with has been placed in quarantine pending COVID-19 testing.

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