Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports 4 additional COVID-19 deaths
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced the deaths of four Greene County residents from COVID-19.
Health leaders say the victims include a woman in her 60s, a man his 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s. These victims suffered from underlying health conditions. The county health department reports 51 deaths in the month of October. That compares to the 128 deaths throughout the entire pandemic.
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“More and more families continue to grieve the loss of a loved one taken too soon by this virus. Lives quite literally depend on us wearing our masks, washing our hands and watching our distance,” stated Director of Health Clay Goddard.
Who is at risk
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:
- 16% of Greene County residents are 65 or older,
- 33% are considered obese and
- 11% have asthma
Other health conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Lung disease
- Serious heart conditions
Long-term care in Greene County
The individuals who died from COVID-19 was 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.
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