JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – The Jasper County Health Department announces the first COVID-19 death in the county.
The resident was a man in his 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, 2020.
The Health Department made the announcement by declaring, in part, “Our condolences to family members.”
Health officials urge everyone to take preventive measures to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses. These actions include:
- Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands frequently 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 it away
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a household cleaning spray or cloth.
- Stay home if you are sick
The health department says older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at increased risk for more serious COVID-19 complications.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for advice before introducing yourself.