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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Health Department announces COVID-19 death; potential COVID-19 exposures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the death of a Greene County resident from COVID-19.

The eighth death is a man in his 70s who was immunocompromised. 

The Health Department extends our condolences to his loved ones.  

Additionally, the Health Department is notifying the public of potential exposures from two COVID-19 positive individuals.

One of our recent positive cases visited the HyVee on West Battlefield in Springfield on March 27 around 3 p.m. and the Verizon on E. Independence in Republic on March 30 around 1 p.m. 

Another positive case visited the Dollar General on Highway 125 in Rogersville on March 29 around 8 a.m.; the Kum and Go also on Highway 125 before 9 a.m.; and the Aldi on East Sunshine in Springfield around 11 a.m. 

This is an important reminder that we should all be staying at home as much as possible. When we do go out for essential functions, we should be interacting with our environment as if the people around us are sick—or better yet, we should be operating during this time as if we might be sick.

Anyone who was at one of the locations disclosed on these dates are 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 and shortness of breath. If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention. Contact your health care provider before you go to tell them about your symptoms and recent travel history. 

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

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus, email coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov, or call 417-874-1211.

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For media requests, contact Kathryn Wall  by phone at 417-874-1205 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov.

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