The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19 complications on Monday.
The county reported 19 deaths, topping the previous record of 17 set on December 3.
“The stark and sobering reality is that we are losing people in our community daily to this virus,” Springfield-Greene County Health Director Clay Goddard said in a statement. “We must all act with responsible empathy and be willing to make small sacrifices now so that our community can finish strong. We need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness, especially for those most vulnerable.”
SGCHD officials said the deaths were a man in his 40s; a man in his 60s; a woman in her 60s; four women in their 70s; two men in their 70s; two women in their 80s; a man in his 80s; a man in his 90s; and six women in their 90s.
All of the fatalities had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths. Seventeen of the 19 were associated with long-term care.