News Flash

2020 City News Releases

Posted on: December 10, 2020

City to step up enforcement of masking ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Jason Gage has asked City departments to step up enforcement of the City’s ordinance requiring face coverings and social distancing. Health officials and police are primary enforcers of the ordinance.

 

Masks are primarily intended to reduce the spread of virus-laden droplets, which is especially relevant for asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others, and who are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions. Masks also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer. The community benefit of masking for virus control is due to the combination of these effects; individual prevention benefit increases with increasing numbers of people using masks consistently and correctly. Additional social distancing measures help reduce the changes of virus transmission, as it thrives in congregant settings and increases likelihood through density and intensity of physical contact. 

 

On Tuesday, hospital leaders from CoxHealth and Mercy told City Council they were unable to take referrals from other hospitals 60 percent of the time over the past two weeks due, in part, to an influx of COVID-19 patients. Hospital leaders have, for weeks, warned about the impacts of exponential disease spread in the community. There have been record deaths in recent days, with Greene County reporting 51 fatalities in the first eight days of December. That's more than the entire month of September and November. With hospitalizations lagging two to three weeks after new infections, health officials are bracing for the impact of gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

“We have taken an educational approach first, so it is safe to say that the community is fully aware of the requirements. It is time to step up efforts and send a clear message that those not in compliance will be ticketed,” City Manager Gage said. "We are entering into the most deadly phase of the pandemic, and ensuring masking compliance is the least we can do to preserve our hospital capacity and to protect our older friends and family members and those with medical conditions."

 

Since July 1, the City has received 666 complaints to 9-1-1 and 786 complaints to the Citizen Resource Center alleging ordinance violations. Springfield Police have handed out 2000 educational fliers and physically visited hundreds of facilities to investigate compliance.

 

Full guidance for individuals, businesses, group gatherings, higher education, K-12, parents, religious services, weddings and funerals, and sports / sporting events can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus.

 

# # #

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT CORA SCOTT AT 417-380-3352 OR [email protected].

 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in 2020 City News Releases

9-1-1 staff to issue BOLO on Christmas Eve

Posted on: December 21, 2020

Dec. 14 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: December 14, 2020

Nov. 30 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: November 30, 2020

City Council to meet Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted on: November 25, 2020

Nov. 16 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: November 3, 2020

City Council to meet Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted on: November 12, 2020

CACCD to meet Nov. 24

Posted on: November 9, 2020

City to launch citizen survey

Posted on: November 6, 2020

Nov. 2 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: November 3, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet Nov. 4

Posted on: October 29, 2020

City Council to meet Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted on: October 28, 2020

CACCD to meet Oct. 27

Posted on: October 23, 2020

Oct. 19 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: October 19, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet Oct. 21

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Oct. 5 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: October 6, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet Oct. 7

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Sept. 21 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: September 21, 2020

CACCD to meet Sept. 22

Posted on: September 17, 2020

Sept. 8 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Aug. 24 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: August 26, 2020

CACCD to meet Aug. 25

Posted on: August 20, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet Aug. 26

Posted on: August 20, 2020

Aug. 10 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: August 12, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet Aug. 12

Posted on: August 6, 2020

July 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: July 28, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet July 29

Posted on: July 8, 2020

July 13 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: July 13, 2020

Landmarks Board to meet July 15

Posted on: July 8, 2020

June 29 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: June 29, 2020

City budget workshops resume

Posted on: May 5, 2020

P&Z meetings to resume May 7

Posted on: April 29, 2020

April 20 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 20, 2020

April 6 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 6, 2020

March 9 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: March 9, 2020

Feb. 24 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: February 24, 2020

Remembering Dr. Robert H. Spence

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Feb. 10 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: February 10, 2020

Dr. Robert Spence receives key to the City

Posted on: February 10, 2020

Jan. 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: January 27, 2020

Jan. 13 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: January 14, 2020