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Joplin’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 13

Joplin’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 13. Read portions of the press release from the city below:

The Joplin Health Department is sad to report the deaths of four Joplin residents. Coronavirus was a significant condition contributing to these deaths. The individuals were all females, with ages of 82, 89, 74, and 70 years old. All were residents of Spring River Christian Village, a long-term care facility in Joplin. This announcement brings the total count to 13 deaths in Joplin.

The reporting of COVID-19 related deaths from the City may be delayed due to the time it takes to acquire confirmation that the death meets the vital record case definition and lists COVID-19 as a contributing factor. Some of the deaths reported in this release may have already been previously reported by another source or the facility itself.

City statistics are listed on the Joplin Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard found at It is updated by noon Monday through Friday.

The management of the Spring River facility has been working closely with the Joplin Health Department, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Section for Long Term Care and recently had all their staff and residents tested for the virus. The situation continues to be monitored closely.

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