Springfield-Greene County Health Department announces new COVID-19 death

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced a new COVID-19 related death.

The individual was a man in his 80s with underlying medical conditions.

The individual was associated with a long-term care facility.

“It’s not unexpected to have a number of deaths follow a case surge in long-term care facilities-but that does not make these losses any less tragic,” Director of Health Clay Goddard reiterated.

There have been 19 deaths from COVID-19 in August in Greene County and a total of 30.

Goddard says “COVID-19 doesn’t get into these facilities on its own-it’s sneaking in with workers and visitors. We all have to be vigilant about masking and all of our prevention tools, including one of our most important: staying home when we are sick to protect our neighbors and our vulnerable loved ones.”

State guidance for long-term care facilities can be found here.

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