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Health Department reports 3rd COVID-19 death, internal COVID-19 exposure

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The Laclede County Health Department reported the county's third COVID-19 related death Friday.

According to a Health Department press release, the individual has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and other underlying health issues.

"The continued increase in cases remains a significant concern for our agency. When we lose a county resident with contributing issues from COVID-19, it makes our response work even more difficult and and brings a completely new level of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are most definitely to this family," Health Department Administrator Charla Baker said in a press release.

The Health Department also says its Nursing and Administration Department was exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.

The Health Department made the announcements in a press release Friday.

“While we believe our exposure risk is low due to the safety measures in place, we want to take every precaution we can to continue to protect our clients and staff,” the release said.

For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.

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