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.