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Springfield-Greene County Health Dept. reports 27 COVID-19 deaths last week

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:09 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:11 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported an additional 27 deaths related to COVID-19.

The deaths happened from July 28-August 3. 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. The average age of those who died in July was 64, down from 88 in March of 2020. Only 6% of those deaths were 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. The Springfield-Greene Health Department developed a website with 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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