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story.lead_photo.caption Maries County reported a fifth COVID-19 death Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Photo by Phelps-Maries County Health Department

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A fifth Maries County resident has died as a result of COVID-19, the Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported Thursday.

The Health Department has reported a total of 382 test-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 76 of which remain active as of Thursday.

One of the five Maries County residents whose deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 was a long-term care facility resident, according to the Health Department.

Maries County, whose population is about 8,700, has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 25 percent over the past seven days, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at or the CDC website at

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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