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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Health Department reports 27 new COVID-19 deaths

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Twenty-seven COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department between July 28-August 3. Of these, 26 occurred in the month of July. Those lost include a man in his 30s and three women in their 40s, including a 43-year-old woman with no known risk factors.

 The 27 individuals lost include: 

  • A man in his 30s
  • Three women in their 40s
  • Three men in their 50s
  • One woman in her 50s
  • Four men in their 60s
  • Two women in their 60s
  • Four men in their 70s
  • Four women in their 70s
  • Two women in their 80s
  • Three men in their 80s

A total of 519 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19 and 58 residents died in the month of July alone – the highest number of deaths in a single month since January. Of the deaths that occurred in July, the youngest individual was in their 20s and the oldest was in their 80s. The average age of those who died in July was 64, down from 88 in March of 2020. 94% of Greene County residents who have died since January were not fully vaccinated. 

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests immune response to COVID-19 vaccination might be reduced in some immunocompromised patients. Fully vaccinated individuals who have been hospitalized or died from COVID-19 likely had a weakened immune system or other severe medical conditions. According to the CDC, less than 1% of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 nationwide have had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death. The CDC continues to study fully vaccinated individuals who develop serious illness.

“The overwhelming number of people who’ve died from COVID-19 who were not fully vaccinated should be very concerning to our community,” said Director of Health Katie Towns. “The nearly 60% of eligible Greene County residents who have not been vaccinated are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will prevent severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths we are experiencing.”

When deciding whether to get the vaccine, it’s important to seek information from reliable sources. To combat vaccine misinformation and address common hesitancies, the Health Department has developed a webpage that dispels myths and provides factual information from trusted resources. It can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/vaccinefacts

A list of vaccine opportunities can be found at vaccine417.com or by calling (417) 874-1211.   

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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].                                 

Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].                                       

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