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Posted on: August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020 - Health Department announces 95 new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 number update Final

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department received 95 new cases of COVID-19 in Greene County residents on Tuesday, a new one-day record.

These cases are currently under investigation, so the circumstances surrounding each case are currently unknown. As we analyze trends, we will update the community with the latest information we have in combating COVID-19.

Variability in received case numbers from day to day are not a surprise, as disease progression is not a perfectly straight line.

“We will still have days of heavy case counts,” Director of Health Clay Goddard told Springfield City Council in July.

In total, Greene County has had 1,703 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents. There are currently 739 active cases. Sixteen people have died from COVID-19.

The total confirmed case number has increased by only 90, as five previous cases were found to be residents of other jurisdictions and are therefore now counted in their totals.

We all play a critical role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face mask when in a public setting, practice physical distancing of at least six feet, practice proper hand hygiene and avoid large crowds as much as possible. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they need to 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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Someone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention. You can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness. Get more information about COVID testing.

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus.

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 Monday-Friday or by email at?coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov. If COVID-19 symptoms develop and you need immediate assistance, contact a doctor.

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by phone at 417-380-2556 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov.

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