Three more people have died due to COVID-19 in Greene County, health officials say.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced that the people include a man in his 40s who was associated with long-term care; a woman in her 70s who was associated with long-term care; and a man in his 90s. Each had underlying health conditions, according to health officials.
“The Health Department extends our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses,” the department said in a news release.
Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions may have more severe illness from COVID-19, the health department noted.
“This virus unfortunately continues to show us nobody is immune, especially those at increased risk. People with underlying health conditions who had many healthy years ahead of them are dying,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard in the release. “We owe it to each other to faithfully practice watching our distance, wearing our masks, washing our hands and staying home when we are sick.”
As of Wednesday, 19 COVID-19 deaths have been reported by the health department in September. A total of 49 Greene County residents have died from the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a few higher-risk groups for severe health outcomes from COVID-19.
They include older adults and individuals with conditions that affect their heart, lungs, kidneys or immune system. This includes but is not limited to cancer, chronic kidney disease, lung disease, obesity, serious heart conditions and diabetes.
Other populations that may be at higher risk include people who smoke, have asthma, are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
Institutional settings, such as long-term care facilities, are environments where a respiratory illness can easily spread.
Long-term care facilities must notify the families of all residents when there is a positive case in the facility or when a death occurs there.
For more information about COVID-19, call the health department at 417-874-1211 or send an email to email@example.com.
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