CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (WSIL) -- The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has reported its first death due to COVID-19.
County health officials say a resident in their 80s died. No other details are being released at this time.
"CDC guidelines indicate that people age 65 and older are at higher risk from getting very sick form the virus. Eight out of ten deaths in the United States have been in adults 65 years and older. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19," stated the health center in a release late Tuesday afternoon.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center urges everyone to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses. Those actions include:
- Avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people.
- 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% 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.