The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported late Wednesday the death of five residents in long-term care facilities, bringing the county’s overall death total to 22.
SGCHD officials report the deaths are:
- One man in his 70s
- One woman in her 70s
- Two men in their 80s
- One woman in her 80s
All of the victims had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths.
Greene County has recorded half of the county’s deaths in the month of August.
“This is a tragic reminder that we all have a part to play in preventing COVID-19,” Director of Health Clay Goddard said in a statement. “We all have to be vigilant about masking and all of the prevention tools we have, including one of our most important: staying home when we are sick to protect our neighbors and our vulnerable loved ones. This is especially important as we continue to see cases surge in institutional settings.”
SGCHD officials are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to control the virus within the county’s long-term care facilities. Any facility that has an positive care or COVID-19 death is required to notify the state within 24 hours so that guidance can be provided on testing for the facility. Family members of the residents are also required to be notified.