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The News Tribune is offering this article free to all readers because it includes information important to the health and safety of our community.

Miller County reported three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Thirteen of the county's 22 total deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been among long-term care facility residents, according to a news release from the Miller County Health Department.

Miller County has confirmed a total of 972 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, of which 148 remain active and 802 have recovered. Seven of the county's COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will host a free drive-thru COVID-19 community testing event in Miller County next week.

The community testing event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2 in the parking lot of the Eldon Community Center, 309 E. 2nd St. in Eldon.

The testing is open to all Missouri residents and does not require a physician's order or that symptoms be present. Online registration for the community testing event is open at dcphdo02redcap.azurewebsites.net/redcap/surveys/?s=XTLH7FCLD7.

A Moniteau County DHSS community testing event is planned from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds in California.

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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