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Moniteau County reported another death of a resident due to the coronavirus Thursday morning.

The deceased individual was in their 70s, marking the sixth death in the county this week, according to the Moniteau County Health Center. The total number of deaths in the county due to COVID-19 has now reached 26.

The county has confirmed 1,802 total positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:15 a.m. Thursday. There are 62 active cases, five of which are currently hospitalized. Moniteau County's seven-day case average is 316.14 per 100,000 population.

The Health Center continues to urge the public 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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