The Dallas County Health Department on Monday, June 22, reported the first death of a Dallas County resident due to COVID-19. The resident was a male in his late 80s. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 16 when he was hospitalized.

As of Monday, June 22, the Health Department had also traced three more active cases of COVID-19 to its current active cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the county to five. The cumulative total of all COVID-19 cases in the county was 10, including people who have recovered.

“We do want to encourage the community in letting you know that these (active) cases are all affiliated with one another,” according to the Health Department’s Facebook page. “The first three we notified you of last week, including the deceased, have been/had been in hospital quarantine, and this next three have been in quarantine as well. Every precaution has been taken to keep folks who are positive quarantined, and we are keeping track of symptoms as they arise. We will keep Dallas County up to date as we are made aware of information. Remember, rumors aren’t facts — please be careful and be kind!”

Everyone is urged to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses. These actions include the following:

• 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 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.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at a higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 and who develops a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, should call their health care provider for medical advice before showing up.

For more information, go to the Department of Health and Senior Services’ website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (877) 435-8411.

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