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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce Greene County’s first pediatric death from COVID-19. This death is a tragedy that no family should have to endure, and an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 can have terrible consequences on people of all ages.
This death occurred in August, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 61 in August and 17 in September.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Missouri children ages 0 through 17 have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Across the U.S., more than 587 children have died from this virus. In September, cases among those age 0 to 17 made up 20.64% of total positives in Greene County, up from 14.75% in August.
The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best tool available for preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Children 12 to 17 are currently eligible to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is meeting later this month to assess the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine in children age 5 to 11. Parents with questions or concerns should talk to their child’s health care provider now to address them so they are ready once authorization for this age group is issued.
For those 12 and older who are already eligible, now is the time to get vaccinated. A full list of vaccine opportunities can be found at vaccine417.com or by calling the COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211. Private appointments can also be scheduled by calling this number.
Data for September 1 - 30
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Difference in seven-day average:
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*This number represents confirmed COVID-19 deaths that occurred in September. This number could change based on delayed reports.
Average age of death:
Number of vaccine doses administered among Greene County residents:
Number of hospitalizations:
Number of Greene County residents unvaccinated:
Cases by vaccination status (among cases where the vaccination status is known):
Additional information, including daily updates, can be found on the Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard at http://health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus
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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