It has been a couple of weeks since the Laclede County Health Department has reported a COVID-related death. Still, there have been several COVID-related deaths in Laclede County, and surrounding counties, within the past few weeks. Laclede County Health Department Administrator, Charla Baker, explains why there is a lengthy delay between the person’s actual death and that death being reported……….


The Laclede County Health Department has officially reported 89 COVID deaths, but the true number is higher. Oftentimes Laclede County patients end up in the hospital in Springfield, where over 200 COVID patients have died since the beginning of July.