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Springfield-Greene County Health Department Announces 5 More Deaths From COVID-19

Michele Skalicky

Five more Greene County residents have died of COVID-19.  They were all in long-term care facilities.  The latest deaths were a man in his 70s; two men in their 80s; a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s—all with underlying health conditions.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, long-term care facilities are environments where a respiratory illness can easily spread.  And the spread of COVID-19 can be especially devastating there where residents are at higher risk if they catch the illness.

Health department director, Clay Goddard, says “this is a tragic reminder that we all have a part to play in preventing COVID-19.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Greene County had a total of 2,160 cases of COVID-19.  Of those, 966 were active.  There have been 22 deaths.  Currently, 94 people are hospitalized with the illness in Greene County, and 23 are in the ICU.