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Four more Morgan County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the county's total number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus to 18.

The Morgan County Health Center noted in a news release that no further details would be shared about those who died.

Morgan County has reported 1,034 total test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, 141 which remained active as of Thursday; 879 COVID-19 patients in the county have recovered, and 23 are currently hospitalized.

Morgan County, whose population is about 20,600, has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 14.2 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 health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at 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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