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Posted on: December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020 -- Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Dec. 16-22

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of 22 Greene County residents from COVID-19. These fatalities were reported to us between Wednesday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 22.

Our community lost: 

  • A man in his 50s 
  • A woman in her 50s 
  • Two men in their 60s 
  • A woman in her 60s 
  • Two men in their 70s 
  • Two women in their 70s 
  • A man in his 80s 
  • Three women in their 80s 
  • A man in his 90s 
  • Seven women in their 90s 
  • A woman in her 100s  

We extend our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses. We take each loss personally and our hearts are with each of you, especially during the holiday season. 

Sadly, December is now our deadliest month for COVID-19, with 86 deaths announced by the health department so far this month. A total of 282 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. 

Profiles of those we’ve lost 

Fourteen of the individuals who died from COVID-19 were associated with long-term care. All had underlying health conditions. 

Average age of those who have died (by age group)

During the December 16-22 reporting period, the average age of those who died from COVID-19 in Greene County decreased to 77.2 years from 82.3 years the week prior.  

Long-term care 

The percentage of individuals who died who were not associated with long-term care increased to 36.3% compared to 30.7% the week prior.  

Total number of COVID-19 deaths in Greene County by age group:  

40s: 5 deaths       

50s: 13 deaths       

60s: 37 deaths       

70s: 79 deaths       

80s: 85 deaths       

90s: 59 deaths       

100s: 4 deaths      

COVID-19 in our community 

Today, our community surpassed 20,000 total cases of COVID-19. A total of 20,017 cases have been reported in Greene County. 

4,570 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in December. 

1,470 cases of COVID-19 were reported to the health department in the last week. The seven-day average for new cases is 210 cases. 

We all play a part in prevention      

It is vital that we all remain vigilant and follow basic prevention measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially during the holiday season.  

“Passing the unfortunate milestone of 20,000 COVID-19 cases is a reminder that when people gather together, people get sick. And when people get sick, our hospitals see more patients--then, tragically, more deaths result,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard. “We are closer to the finish line with each day that passes, but how we celebrate will determine our path to finishing strong.” 

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household pose the lowest risk for disease spread. If you choose to celebrate in-person with people outside your household, follow these prevention measures: 

  • Wear a mask      
  • Watch your distance       
  • Wash your hands      
  • Stay home if you are sick      
  • Limit interactions and social gatherings      
  • Minimize travel        

Our Risk Assessment Quiz, which can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/celebratesafely, is designed to help you consider the level of risk of activities and make a more informed decision about how you can reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.   

View our Celebrate Safely video here: https://vimeo.com/491219663

COVID-19 Living Memorial                  

To remember those lost from COVID-19 and to support those left behind, the Health Department has created a COVID-19 Living Memorial.                  

The memorial can be accessed at health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDmemorial                   

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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 [email protected].

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].

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