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Moniteau County reported four new coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday.

The deceased residents were all in their 70s, 80s or 90s, according to a news release from the Moniteau County Health Center.

This is Moniteau County's fifth COVID-19 death this week, with one already reported Tuesday, and marks the 25th death of a county resident due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 65 active cases of COVID-19 in Moniteau County, five of which are hospitalized. The total case count since last March is 1,793.

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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