Sunflower County’s total confirmed COVID-19 patients are fast approaching the 400 mark.
A recent surge sent the count over 300 just before The E-T’s press deadline last week.
More important than the 372 count at the end of the July 4th weekend was the fact that the county saw its eighth death from COVID-19.
According to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton, the patient was a female between the ages of 50-59.
She did say that the patient had a history of asthma.
“The main thing I would say is that people of younger ages are not exempt from dying due to it,” Burton told The E-T. It affects every person differently. Nationwide, we have seen all ages from infants to the elderly dying from it. Everyone needs to take the proper precautions when around others. It could mean the difference between life and death for some. Care enough for your fellow man to try to be protective.”
Health care experts, both locally and nationally, encourage people to wear masks in public and practice social distancing measures whenever possible.