The first official COVID-19 update of 2021 was issued by the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) on Monday and it wasn’t a good one for Webster County, which saw 37 new confirmed cases reported. That is the largest report for the county since the pandemic began in March.

Although that is a very high number, Monday’s report is the first to be issued by GRDHD since New Years Eve, meaning it includes the combined daily totals from four different days rather than one single day, as is normally reported.

Webster’s numbers are part of the largest district-wide report since March, with a total of 421 new cases being reported in GRDHD’s seven county region. That brings the total in the region to 13,171 since the pandemic began. Of those, 9,832 (75%) have fully recovered, while 235 have died from the virus.

“Practice the three “W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. It is important to protect yourself and those around you,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “This is crucial when interacting with anyone outside of your household, including friends, extended family, coworkers, and in public settings. Do not host or attend gatherings of any kind. Leaders of organizations like churches, team coaches, and workplace supervisors are encouraged to lead by example and make wise decisions to protect those for whom you are responsible.”

The health department is offering free testing at its Dixon office on Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

To schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website, https://healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts. You must be pre-registered to be tested.

Flu shots, including the high dose vaccine for those 65 years of age and older, can also be scheduled on the website or by calling the county health department for an appointment.

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

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