Joplin deaths related to COVID-19 at 33
JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Health Department reports the deaths of two residents. They say COVID-19 was a significant condition contributing these death.
The deaths include a 63-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman who was a resident at a long-term care facility.
Monday’s announcement brings the total count to 33 COVID-19-related deaths in Joplin.
A release from the City of Joplin states:
“The reporting of Covid-19 related deaths from the City may be delayed due to the time it takes to acquire confirmation that the death meets the vital record case definition and lists Covid-19 as a contributing factor. City statistics are listed on the Joplin Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard found at www.joplinmo.org/coronavirus. It is updated by noon Monday through Friday.”
As Joplin Health Department continues to work with residents in our community, they remind everyone of the importance in taking self-care actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include:
- If going out in public where social distancing is not possible, wearing a face covering is strongly recommended.
- If attending a social gathering outdoors, be sure to practice social distancing of 6 feet or more between you and others. If not able to social distance, wearing a face covering is strongly recommended.
- 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.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.