Jasper County: COVID-19-related deaths now at 138

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The Jasper County Health Department reports the death of four residents due to COVID-19. This brings the total deaths to one 138.

The residents include four males one each in his 50’s, 60’s and two in their 70’s, along with a female in her 80’s. The Health Department sends its condolences out to the family members.

The department urges residents to take the following preventive actions to spread respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be attained.
  • Receive a vaccination as they become available.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice before showing up.

Please note that reports of COVID-19 deaths may be delayed slightly so that death certificate verification can be conducted for accurate reporting.

For more information, visit the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.