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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases

Posted on: January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021 -- SGCHD announces COVID-19 deaths for Dec. 30-Jan.5; death toll surpasses 300

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of 12 Greene County residents from COVID-19. These fatalities were reported to us between Wednesday, December 30 and Tuesday, January 5. Tragically, our community’s death toll from this virus has now topped 300.

Community members lost include: 

  • A man in his 20s
  • A woman in her 40s
  • A woman in her 50s who had no underlying health conditions
  • A man in his 60s
  • A man in his 70s
  • Five men in their 80s
  • Two women in their 80s

We extend our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses. We take each loss personally and our hearts are with each of you. 

“In the past two weeks, we’ve tragically reported our community’s two youngest deaths from COVID-19 and today our deaths surpass 300 from this pandemic,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard. “This is a grim reminder that COVID-19 can impact all of us in different ways, regardless of age and how healthy we may be. We must continue to mask, watch our distance, wash our hands and stay home when we are sick unless to seek medical care.”

A total of 309 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. Twelve deaths have been reported by the health department in January.

Profiles of those we’ve lost 

Three of the twelve individuals who died from COVID-19 were associated with long-term care.  

Eleven had underlying health conditions. 

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

During the December 30-January 5 reporting period, the average age of those who died from COVID-19 in Greene County decreased to 66.7 years from 70.7 years the week prior.  

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

20s: 1 death

30s: 1 death 

40s: 6 deaths      

50s: 14 deaths      

60s: 40 deaths      

70s: 85 deaths      

80s: 99 deaths      

90s: 59 deaths      

100s: 4 deaths      

COVID-19 in our community 

A total of 22,623 cases have been reported in Greene County. 

967 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in January. 

1,924 cases of COVID-19 were reported to the health department in the last week. The seven-day average for new cases is 245.1.

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 as we enter the new year. 

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

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine 

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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