Springfield health leaders provide updates on COVID-19 deaths and patient care response

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Leaders with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Mercy Springfield, and CoxHealth will provide an update on the adjustments being made in response to the rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19.

The Health Department says so far in July 32 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. According to a press release, the average age of COVID deaths has fallen 25 years from its peak in March of 2020, the average age of those who died in July is 63, down from 88 in March of 2020.

The release states many of the 32 residents did not have preexisting conditions that caused them to be at increased risk for severe illness. The Health Department says 96.5% of deaths this month were unvaccinated.

“The unfortunate reality now is many of these fatalities could have been prevented with vaccine,” said Director of Health Katie Towns. “Vaccination is a highly effective method to prevent deaths and severe illness. The lives of our friends, family and neighbors depend on it. We extend our condolences to everyone impacted by these recent losses.”

The 32 who died include:

  • A man in his 20s
  • A woman in her 30s
  • A man in his 40s
  • A woman in her 40s
  • Six men in their 50s
  • One woman in her 50s
  • Five men in their 60s
  • One woman in her 60s
  • Six women in their 70s
  • Three men in their 70s
  • Four men in their 80s

These deaths bring the Greene County total to 492 residents who have died from COVID-19.

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During the Tuesday press conference, Towns said the Health Department will prioritize investigating COVID cases in patients younger than 12-years-old.

Steve Edwards with Cox said 159 COVID-19 patients, 75 deaths in July across the Cox system. Edwards said that data is showing the Ozarks might see a flattening of COVID patient volumes due to faster incubation periods and people getting sick quicker.

Brent Hubbard at Mercy said 154 COVID-19 positive patients systemwide. Hubbard said there have been 15 deaths over the last four days.

Both Cox and Mercy are expanding capacity in preparations to house at least 200 patients in the coming weeks.

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