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4 More Greene County Residents Die Of COVID-19 As Case Numbers Decline


The weekly report of fatalities from COVID-19 in Greene County this week includes four deaths reported between February 3 and February 9.

Those who died were a man in his 30s, a man in his 50s and two men in their 70s, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 

All of the deaths occurred in January.

None of the individuals was associated with long-term care, and all had underlying health conditions.

A total of 399 Greene County residents had died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 1535 active COVID-19 cases in Greene County.  There were 85 people hospitalized in Springfield with the illness, and 21 were in critical care.

There had been a 12 percent decrease in reported cases in the last week.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, said in a news release that people need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can find information about how to get in the queue to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on the health department’s website and on the local healthcare providers’ websites:

CoxHealth:  COVID-19 Vaccine | CoxHealth  Phone:  417-269-3000

Mercy Springfield:  Phone:  833-364-6777

Jordan Valley Community Health Center:  Jordan Valley Community Health Center | Springfield, MO  Phone:  417-831-0150

You may also call the health department at 417-874-1211 for more information.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.