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The Moniteau County Health Center reported the county's fifth death due to COVID-19 late Saturday morning.

The individual was in their 60s. In a release posted Saturday morning, the Health Center said no additional information will be released about the individual. The county last reported a death due to COVID-19 earlier this month, a county resident in their 70s.

As of Saturday at 1 p.m., there are 56 active cases in Moniteau County. With the 12 new cases added Friday, Moniteau County has now seen 350 total cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, 289 of which have recovered.

Cases added to the tally in Moniteau County in the past seven days account for 14 percent of the total cases added since March.

The Health Center encourages all to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including avoiding close contact with those who are sick; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; washing one's hands with soap and water regularly; staying home if you are sick; adhering to proper social distancing of at least 6 feet; and wearing a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.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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