Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports additional 5 deaths related to COVID-19
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced the deaths of five Greene County residents from COVID-19.
Health leaders say the victims include a man in his 50s, a man his 70s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s, and a woman in her 90s. One of these victims lived in long-term care. All of the victims suffered from underlying health issues.
Since November, health leaders report 42 deaths from the virus. A total of 196 in Greene County have died from the coronavirus.
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
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