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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of five Greene County residents from COVID-19.
Our community lost:
The Health Department extends our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses.
Forty-four deaths have been reported by the Health Department in October. A total of 121 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19.
“We must commit anew to personal responsibility for protecting ourselves, our loved ones and even the people we might not directly meet,” stated Director of Health Clay Goddard. “Lives quite literally depend on us wearing our masks, washing our hands and watching our distance."
Nobody is immune to COVID-19—we are all vulnerable to it, but we know some will suffer much more severe outcomes. We share a collective responsibility to fight this disease that will require patience, diligence and sacrifice.
For more information on the preventative measures we can all take to help slow the spread of COVID-19, click here.
Who is at risk
Like so many of us, these individuals had an underlying health condition that put them or may have 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:
Other health conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as include, but are not limited to:
A full list of conditions can be viewed on the CDC’s website.
Long-term care in Greene County
The individuals who died from COVID-19 were associated with long-term care.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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