Five additional COVID-19 deaths raises county death count to 80

By Linda Trest, Staff Writer
Posted 12/2/20

The deaths of five more people in Franklin County have been attributed to COVID-19. An 81-year-old man from Labadie, a 58 year-old woman from Union, a 91-year-old man from Washington and two men ages …

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Five additional COVID-19 deaths raises county death count to 80

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The deaths of five more people in Franklin County have been attributed to COVID-19. An 81-year-old man from Labadie, a 58 year-old woman from Union, a 91-year-old man from Washington and two men ages 73 and 78 from Sullivan have all succumbed to the virus according the Franklin County Health Department (FCHD). That pushes the total number of deaths from the virus to 80 county-wide.

No data was reported as to when the deaths occurred. It is believed that there is a several week lag between the time of death and when it is reported.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides all COVID-19 statistics to the FCHD. They warned that no data would be published on Thanksgiving Day, thus skewing statistics for the week. Despite that, FCHD published daily posts with updated statistics.

Using the statistics that were made public, Franklin County had 352 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the last seven days. Seven of those cases were from the Gerald area. Those include males ages 10, 37 and 58 and four women ages 44, 63, 73 and 88.

A mask mandate is still in place for Franklin County until Dec. 20. Many people in Gerald are still going out in public without masks. Some employees in retail establishments are not wearing masks or are wearing them improperly.

Two weeks ago, Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker warned of local and regional hospitals being at or near capacity. He followed that warning with a mask mandate to slow the spread of the deadly virus.

“If you are sick, STAY HOME! If you are quarantined, STAY CONFINED!” the county urges.

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