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The first week of the new year brought another coronavirus death in Moniteau County.

The Moniteau County Health Center reported Monday that a resident in their 60s was the latest community member to die due to complication related to COVID-19.

This is the second COVID-19 death in Moniteau County since last week and the 20th in the county since the start of the pandemic.

As of 12:45 p.m. Monday, the county has 65 active cases among residents, five of whom are hospitalized. There have been a total of 1,716 test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Moniteau County since the start of the pandemic.

The Moniteau County Health Center reported Monday that it has not received any update on a shipment date for the COVID-19 vaccine but had been told it would be in February at the earliest.

The Health Center continues to urge people to take actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick; avoiding touching one's eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; washing hands with soap and water regularly; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly; staying home if one feels sick; and adhering to proper social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others and wearing a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about COVID-19 in Missouri and what can be done on an individual level to help stop the spread, visit oneforallmo.com. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Missouri operates a statewide COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week.

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