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Posted on: May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 - Health Department announces potential COVID-19 exposure


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is notifying the public of a potential exposure from a COVID-19 positive individual. 

Prior to being diagnosed, one of our recent positive cases visited Dollar General at 401 S. Miller Rd. in Willard on Friday, May 15 around 10 a.m. for about one hour.

Also on Friday, May 15, our same case visited Apple Market at 500 Miller Rd. in Willard around 11 a.m. for about one hour. The individual was wearing a face covering while visiting both stores and was not showing symptoms at the time of the potential exposure. The person was, however, believed to within the timeframe of being potentially infectious. 

As we continue to take steps to reopen our community, it is even more important for all of us to interact with our environment carefully. This latest case highlights the value of wearing a face covering in a public setting, such as a grocery store, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If someone is sick, they should stay home. 

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another. 

Anyone who was at either of these locations on these dates is at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • cough, 
  • fever, 
  • shortness of breath, 
  • chills, 
  • muscle pain, 
  • sore throat 
  • and new loss of taste or smell. 

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention.

If you are sick, you can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness. Links are available at

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at, email [email protected], or call 417-874-1211.


For media requests, contact Kathryn Wall by phone at 417-874-1205 or email at [email protected]

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