The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says there have been so many COVID-19 deaths that it’s moving to reporting them on a weekly basis.

Eight people died Tuesday.

There have been 51 deaths in Greene County so far this month, and 247 since the pandemic began:

Here’s more from the health department:

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the deaths of eight community members from COVID-19.   

Our community lost:                    

  • A man in his 60s
  • A woman in her 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 80s

All of these individuals had underlying conditions. They were not associated with long-term care.    

The Health Department extends our condolences to everyone impacted by these losses. We take each loss personally and our hearts are with you.       

A total of 247 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. Fifty-one deaths have been announced by the Health Department in the first eight days of December. So far, December’s totals have exceeded the total death counts for September (47 deaths) and November (42 deaths). October has been our deadliest month with 77 COVID-19 deaths.

Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 deaths, this will be the last daily death notice issued by the Health Department. We will instead report weekly death totals every Wednesday, beginning December 16, for the previous seven days. Reporting weekly numbers will provide our community a more comprehensive and consistent view of trends with those lost to COVID-19. We will be updating our dashboard to include more data on deaths, as well.

Number of total Greene County deaths by age group:    

40s: 5 deaths    

50s: 11 deaths    

60s: 33 deaths    

70s: 73 deaths    

80s: 77 deaths    

90s: 46 deaths    

100s: 2 deaths    

Sadly, this disease is impacting our entire community – not just older adults or those who live in long-term care. In October, the average age was 81. In November, it was 75, as we saw those in younger age groups—including in their 40s—pass away, demonstrating that we are all vulnerable.   

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:    

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

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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