The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced two more deaths related to complications of COVID-19.
The victims are two men, one in his 70s and one in his 80s, both with underlying health conditions. Neither man was connected to long-term care facilities.
“These deaths and too many others are a sad reminder that COVID-19 is taking from us loved ones who had years ahead of them. Having an underlying health condition should not be interpreted as an individual being sick, feeble or infirm,” Director of Health Clay Goddard said in a statement. “Many of us live robust lives every day with the underlying health conditions that can make us more at risk to severe complications from this disease. We owe it to each other to faithfully practice watching our distance, wearing our masks and washing our hands.”
SGCHD officials say that obesity is the biggest underlying health issue to impact Greene County residents, with surveys showing 1 out of every 3 residents is considered obese.
The deaths bring the county’s total deaths for the month to 16. A total of 46 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19 complications. 19 residents died from COVID-19 complications during the month of August, the highest total to this point in the pandemic.