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The Moniteau County Health Center reported the county's 33rd death related to COVID-19 Friday.

In a release, it was notified of the death, which occurred in June last week. The resident was in their 40s. Per the Health Center's usual policy, no further information regarding the deceased individual was released.

Total cases in the county since the start of the pandemic continue to climb toward 2,000 — as of press time Tuesday, there are 13 active cases among members of the populace, contributing to an all-time total of 1,994 cases since March of 2020.

The Health Center encouraged the public to continue taking preventive actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Some of these actions, according to the Health Center, include getting the COVID-19 vaccine; continuing to practice social distancing and wearing facial coverings as directed; avoiding close contact with those who are ill; avoiding touching one's eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; washing one's hand with soap and water regularly; covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then properly disposing of the tissue in the trash; cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces; and staying home if one is ill.

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