The city of Joplin on Friday announced its first deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Two female residents of Spring River Christian Village, ages 73 and 87, died with the coronavirus being listed as a significant contributor to their deaths, according to a statement released by the Joplin Health Department.

The deaths come one week after Spring River Christian Village, 201 Northpark Lane, reported 31 positive COVID-19 cases after widespread testing. The testing identified 22 residents and nine employees with the virus. At that time, a spokesman for the long-term care facility said the overwhelming number of cases were asymptomatic.

The facility has been working in conjunction with the local health department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to have all staff and residents tested for the virus, according to the release. The facility continues to be monitored closely. More information can be found on the city’s website at www.joplinmo.org/coronavirus.

Also Friday, the Barry County Health Department announced that two employees of Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation in Monett had tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are a result of community spread, the department said. The individuals are under an isolation order and are recovering at home.

Residents of the facility are now being screened twice daily for symptoms, a spokesman for Bentonview Park said.

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