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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At tonight’s meeting, City Council will consider a resolution that provides the framework provided by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for safely reducing the City’s COVID-19 restrictions in a phased step-out plan. Tune in to the meeting live at 6:30 p.m. at cityview.springfieldmo.gov or on the City’s Facebook page at @CityofSGF.
The framework comprises of three key indicators:
The indicators will be evaluated for 28-day timeframes, or two incubation periods and are coded red, yellow and green. These recommendations will be limited to when seven-day averages are below the threshold for at least 80% (23 days), and the rise of the seven-day average into the higher threshold does not exceed 20% (five days) of total evaluation period (28 days). The evaluation period will be a rolling 28 days and should be adjusted accordingly in the case that more than five days are above the threshold.
Moving from red to yellow to green will be a stepwise approach, with a goal that all three conditions be met to move from one phase to the next. However, the minimum expectation will be that two of the three conditions are met with the third condition showing strong progress toward being met.
The framework is built on recommendations from national experts, local advisors and the capacity we expect to have as a community going forward. This includes guidance from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and local health care partners.
“We have reached a point where the end is in sight, where we can start to relax and breathe a sigh of relief. But while we’re close, we still have more of this race to run,” said Acting Director of Health Katie Towns. “We have to take steps cautiously so that we don't ruin all that we have accomplished to keep our community safe and protect one another. We are nearing this finish line, but we will have to Finish Strong.”
The City is currently in the red phase. Before the current ordinance requiring masking, physical distancing and occupancy restrictions in public spaces expires April 9, the council is likely to meet to either extend the current restrictions if needed, or vote on a new ordinance to move into the yellow phase.
The Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated daily, Monday through Friday, so anyone can see the current status and track the progress being made toward the next phases.
For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]