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Posted on: September 5, 2020

September 5, 2020-Health Department announces COVID-19 death

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the death of a Greene County resident from COVID-19. The individual was associated with long-term care.

Our community lost a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.

The Health Department extends our condolences to loved ones at this difficult time.

Director of Health Clay Goddard again reminded the community that we all have a part to play in preventing the further spread of COVID-19, especially among those more vulnerable. Goddard urges everyone to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and most importantly, to stay home when you are sick.

Long-term care facilities are required to notify the families of all residents when there is a positive case in the facility as well as when a death occurs.

Institutional settings, like long-term care, are environments where a respiratory illness can easily spread. This can be especially devastating in a long-term care facility, where residents are more susceptible to disease.

Seven COVID-19 deaths have been reported by the Health Department in September. A total of 37 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19.

Long-term care in Greene County 

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.

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. 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.

Long-term care facilities are required to report a positive case among staff or residents to DHSS within 24 hours so guidance can be provided on comprehensive testing, isolation and quarantine instructions, personal protective equipment and staffing. State guidance for long-term care facilities can be found here.

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov.

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by phone at 417-380-2556 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov.

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