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Posted on: February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021 -- SGCHD announces COVID-19 deaths for Feb. 10-16; death toll surpasses 400

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of five Greene County residents from COVID-19. These fatalities were reported to us between Wednesday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 16.

Community members lost include: 

  • A woman in her 60s
  • A man in his 80s
  • Two women in their 80s
  • A man in his 90s whose only risk factor was his age

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

From our community’s first death reported on March 23, 2020 to now, more than 400 individuals have died from COVID-19.

“Today is an especially difficult day as we pass the grim milestone of 400 lives lost in the span of eleven months. We stand with the families that have had to say goodbye to a loved one too soon. Each one of these deaths has left an empty space in our community that cannot be filled. Our community can honor those lost and their families by continuing to remain vigilant and follow preventive measures to protect ourselves and our community,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard.

COVID-19 Living Memorial                         

The Health Department is committed to remembering each life lost from COVID-19 and supporting those left behind. The COVID-19 Living Memorial allows families to share stories and memories of loved ones. 

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

How COVID-19 fatalities are reported

Not all deaths reported to the Health Department occur within the weekly reporting period. The health department receives COVID-19 fatality reports from 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.

Profiles of those we’ve lost 

All five deaths reported in the last week occurred in February. 

None of the individuals were associated with long-term care.  

Four had underlying health conditions. 

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

20s: 1 death

30s: 2 deaths 

40s: 7 deaths      

50s: 23 deaths      

60s: 48 deaths      

70s: 108 deaths      

80s: 130 deaths      

90s: 79 deaths      

100s: 6 deaths      

A total of 404 individuals have died from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 in our community 

A total of 27,173 cases have been reported in Greene County. 

1,023 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in February. 

300 cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Health Department in the last week. The seven-day average for new cases is 42.86.

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 as we enter the new year. 

  • Wear a mask      
  • Watch your distance       
  • Wash your hands      
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn
  • Stay home if you are sick      
  • Limit interactions and social gatherings      
  • Minimize travel        

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine                 

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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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