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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is urging those who are at high risk for COVID-19, the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, to begin taking precautions now to prevent the spread of illness.
There continues to be ZERO cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, but because the illness seems to affect high risk individuals particularly hard, people in those groups should start taking action now to limit activity around big groups of people. We recommend staying at home as often as possible to reduce the potential for exposure.
In regard to COVID-19, people considered high risk include:
These groups have been identified because of the significantly higher fatality rate associated with this illness. For instance, among those who had an underlying heart condition, the fatality rate in China was 10.5%, compared to 0.9% for the overall population.
It is the recommendation of the Health Department that people who match these criteria take enhanced precautions to get ready now for COVID-19. This includes:
This guidance and the latest information available to our community on COVID-19 is available at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and by phone at 417-874-1211.