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Posted on: December 16, 2020

December 16, 2020 -- Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Dec. 9-15

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce that 13 COVID-19 deaths among Greene County residents were reported to us between Wednesday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 15.

Our community lost:

  • A man in his 60s
  • A woman in her 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • Two men in their 80s
  • Two women in their 80s
  • Two men in their 90s
  • Three women in their 90s
  • One woman in her 100s

A total of 260 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. Sixty-four deaths have been announced by the health department in December. 

We extend our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses. We take each loss personally and our hearts are with each of you.

Profiles of those we’ve lost

Nine of the individuals who died were associated with long-term care. All had underlying health conditions.

Average age of reported deaths over the past two weeks (by age group): 

December 9-15: 82.3 years

December 1-8: 72.9 years

Total number of COVID-19 deaths in Greene County by age group: 

40s: 5 deaths     

50s: 11 deaths     

60s: 34 deaths     

70s: 75 deaths     

80s: 81 deaths     

90s: 51 deaths     

100s: 3 deaths     

Long-term care

Sadly, this disease is impacting our entire community – not just older adults or those who live in long-term care. 

From December 9-15, 30.7% of those who died were not associated with long-term care. 

From December 1-8, 52.9% of those who died were not associated with long-term care.

Health Department’s process for reporting COVID-19 fatalities

Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 fatalities and to provide our community a more comprehensive and consistent view of trends with those lost to the virus, the health department has transitioned to weekly reporting of COVID-19 deaths. 

Each Wednesday beginning today, the health department will provide a weekly COVID-19 fatality summary for the previous seven days (Wednesday-Tuesday).

Prior to this update, the health department reported deaths on the weekday that they were reported to us by hospitals, long-term care facilities or the Greene County Medical Examiner’s office. There is generally a delay from the date of death to the day they are reported, as circumstances are reviewed to ensure that COVID-19 is deemed to be a substantial contributor to the death. There are no set timeframes for how long those reviews last, as each circumstance is unique. 

We all play a part in prevention     

It is vital that we all remain vigilant and follow basic prevention measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially during the holiday season:     

  • Wear a mask     
  • Watch your distance      
  • Wash your hands     
  • Stay home if you are sick     
  • Limit interactions and social gatherings     
  • Minimize travel       

The health department reminds the community to review COVID-19 Winter Holiday Guidance, which can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/celebratesafely       

COVID-19 Living Memorial                  

To remember those lost from COVID-19 and to support those left behind, the Health Department has created a COVID-19 Living Memorial.                  

The memorial can be accessed at health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDmemorial                   

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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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