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Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports a dozen new COVID-19 deaths; praises masking extension – KYTV

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced another dozen deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.

Health leaders say the victims are all associated with long-term care facilities. Deaths since the pandemic stand at 101. The victims include:

  • A man in his 70s
  • A man in his 80s
  • A man in his 80s
  • A man in his 80s
  • A man in his 80s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 80s
  • A woman in her 90s
  • A woman in her 90s
  • A woman in her 90s

“The families of 101 people are mourning the loss of a loved one who likely had many healthy years ahead of them. Behind each of these numbers is someone’s mother, father or grandparent,” stated Director of Health Clay Goddard. “As the number of deaths caused by this virus continues to climb, we must never lose sight of the solemn role we all play to protect each other from this deadly disease. Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and stay home if you are sick.”

The city of Springfield extended its mask ordinance into January 2021 at a city council meeting Monday night. Springfield’s mayor, health director and leaders from CoxHealth and Mercy expressed their appreciation for city council’s approval. Greene County Presiding Commissioner also showed support, although the county doesn’t have the same power to pass a similar ordinance.

The city of Springfield first passed its mask ordinance in July, and it would have expired in mid-October. The ordinance now lasts until January 9. The ordinance requires everyone over age 11 to wear a face mask in public, except those with health conditions that would prohibit wearing a face covering or those who are hearing impaired or communicating with the hearing impaired. You’re also exempt for things like eating and drinking, exercising, speaking or performing in front of an audience, and outdoors when you can social distance.

“I would like to express my appreciation for a city council’s decision last night,” said Springfield-Greene County Health Director Clay Goddard. “We are at a stage in this response that we must continue to stay the course and city council’s action last night will continue us on a study path on our road to recovery.”

The new ordinance also increases capacity for special events on public property from 25 to 50% occupancy. CLICK HERE to read the ordinance.

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