Lawrence County reports first COVID-19 death, 4 additional cases

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Lawrence County Health Department has reported the first death of a Lawrence County resident due to COVID-19.

The resident was a 52-year-old with an underlying health condition.

“We are truly sorry and extend our deepest condolences the family and loved ones of this individual,” said Janella Spencer, administrator of the Lawrence County Health Department.

The department is also announcing four additional cases, three of which are tied to other positive cases from either Springfield or workplaces in Barry County, and one is unknown.

Lawrence County currently stand at 35 total cases: 19 active, 15 recovered, and one death.

The following dates and times were given as places positive cases visited while infectious.

“Keep in mind, many people who test positive are asymptomatic (no symptoms),” Spencer said. “It is still best to wear a mask though anytime you are out in public.”

Locations visited include:

• June 23, El Maya Restaurant in Marionville, 8:45-9:30 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 24, Marionville Baseball Game in Marionville, 6-8 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 24, El Maya Restaurant in Marionville, 8-9 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 25, Uptown Boutique inSpringfield, noon, no mask, no symptoms

• June 25, McCallister’s in Springfield, 1 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 25, Sam’s Club on Camino Alto in Springfield, 2 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 25, Billings Baseball Game in Billings, 5:30-8 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 26, Walmart in Aurora, noon to 1 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

• June 26, Walmart Subway in Aurora, 1 p.m., no mask, no symptoms

Everyone is urged to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These actions include:

• Wear a mask out in public and/or at work. “You protect me, I protect you”.

• Avoid large social gatherings where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

• 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 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm, or in a tissue, then wash hands.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Stay home if you are sick.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If possibly exposed to COVID-19 and fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea develop, call a health care provider for medical advice before showing up, or use the CoxHealth virtual visit at https://www.coxhealth.com/services/virtualvisits/.

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