The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has announced two more deaths from COVID-19.
SGCHD officials said the two deaths are a man in his 80s and a woman in her 60s, both with underlying health conditions, and both connected to long-term care facilities.
There have now been 13 deaths from COVID-19 in August, more than all previous months of the pandemic combined. The county’s total death toll is 24.
“The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has worked closely alongside the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and with local long-term care facilities to assist with testing, secure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to provide guidance on best practices for disease prevention and containment in an institutional setting,” SGCHD staff said in a statement.
“While it is ultimately DHSS that has the regulatory authority, responsibility and oversight of communicable disease containment in long-term care setting, local public health departments are a partner in serving as a liaison to support the state’s disease prevention strategy,” the statement continued. “This strategy includes facility-wide testing of staff and residents after a positive test of either a resident or staff, and repeated testing until there are no additional cases.”
The county’s dashboard as of 4 p.m. Monday showed 2,479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,195 of them considered active cases. 104 patients have required hospitalization, and active cases have increased 39% in the last 7 days.
Missouri State reported earlier today 141 confirmed cases on their campus over the last week.