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A second Morgan County resident who was diagnosed with COVID-19 has died.
Morgan County Health Center officials confirmed the death in a news release Monday and stated no further information would be given to protect the privacy of the person's family.
The Morgan County Health Center has reported 214 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 57 active cases, 155 recoveries and two deaths, as of Monday.
Health Center officials urged residents to continue to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses including avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
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 CDC.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
The statewide COVID-19 hotline continues to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.