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A CoxHealth employee died of COVID-19, according to a message from Steve Edwards, the hospital’s CEO.

Marie Brumbaugh, 40, was a medical assistant at one of the clinics in the Branson area.

“He has served our patients with great kindness, compassion and honor, prioritizing the health and safety of others,” Edwards wrote. “We share this to remain transparent to our CoxHealth family and community, but our information is limited to honor the privacy of Marie and her family.

“We do not know for sure the source of the infection,” Edwards wrote. “There is a possibility that he may have contracted the virus while caring for a patient undergoing routine clinical care not related to COVID-19. The patient had to be unmasked for a short time during the course of treatment and tested positive for COVID-19 after the clinic visit. It is also possible that he acquired it in the community as the prevalence was high in and around Taney County. “

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“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, and we offer our love and support to her family and loved ones,” Edwards wrote.

A scholarship and support fund has been set up for Brumbaugh’s daughter at the CoxHealth Foundation and anyone wishing to contribute should contact Lisa Alexander, with the foundation.

“This is a gloomy time in our family at CoxHealth, and this loss is a realization of our greatest fear,” Edwards wrote. “We pray that it will serve to remind our community of the gravity of this disease.

“Please honor this loss by staying physically distant, diligently disguising yourself and washing your hands. If you don’t do these things to protect yourself, do it to protect those around you. Please stay safe and think of others.”

Brumbaugh is the first CoxHealth employee to die from COVID-19.

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