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Posted on: October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020 -- SGCHD announces COVID-19 deaths, record-tying number of new daily cases

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of four Greene County residents from COVID-19.

Our community lost:

  • A man in his 90s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 80s  

The Health Department extends our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses.

The Health Department also announced 203 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, September 30, tying the previous record of 203 on September 4.

“We have the ability to influence this virus, but it requires patience, diligence and sacrifice. We are all called to protect one another by facing the reality of this disease head-on—these numbers prove this disease is not done with us,” stated Director of Health Clay Goddard. “We all share a collective responsibility to protect our family, friends and neighbors.”

Four COVID-19 deaths have been reported by the Health Department in October. A total of 81 Greene County residents have died from the virus—57 percent of those deaths occurred in September.

The average age of those who have died from COVID-19 has decreased, from 80.3 in the first two weeks of September to 77.7 in the last two weeks.

Oppositely, the average age of positive cases of COVID-19 has increased, from 34.8 in the first two weeks of September to 47.4 in the last two weeks.

Who is at risk  

Like so many of us, all four of these individuals had an underlying health condition that put them at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.

Having an underlying health condition should not be interpreted as an individual being sick, feeble or infirm.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified two groups at higher risk for severe health outcomes from COVID-19: older adults and people with underlying health conditions.

Underlying health conditions can impact anyone at any age and include common diagnoses that many Greene County residents live with. For instance:

  • 16% of Greene County residents are 65 or older,
  • 33% are considered obese and
  • 11% have asthma

Other health conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy  

A full list of conditions can be viewed on the CDC’s website.  

Long-term care in Greene County

All four individuals who died from COVID-19 were associated with a long-term care facility.

Long-term care facilities are required to report a positive case among staff or residents to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services within 24 hours so guidance can be provided on comprehensive testing, isolation and quarantine instructions, personal protective equipment and staffing. Guidance for long-term care facilities can be found here.


Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].

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