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Springfield-Greene County COVID-19 Dashboard update for the week ending April 23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greene County's good news of continued stabilization of COVID-19 case counts is tempered this week by a slight increase in hospitalizations. This is a stark reminder, health officials say, that we are not out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic. Springfieldians may be able to look forward to a return to normalcy before spring turns into summer, but ONLY if the number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals trends downward and the vaccination rate continues to climb to the 50% rate that is needed for restrictions to be lifted. Stark
The City of Springfield is currently in the yellow phase. Masking is still required in public spaces, but most occupancy restrictions have been lifted, with the exception of gatherings of more than 500 people. View the Road to Recovery Plan for full details about the yellow phase.
“Now we set our sights on moving into the green phase, where all restrictions are lifted,” said Mayor McClure when the city moved into the yellow phase, acknowledging that to a large degree that fate is in the hands of citizens, based on their willingness to get vaccinated. “Our return to normalcy is incumbent upon individuals receiving the vaccine.”
View the COVID-19 Dashboard online at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus
Daily casesAs of Friday morning, one of the indicators for moving into the green phase – the seven-day case average – has been met. To move into the green, there must be fewer than 20 cases on average per day. The seven-day average is currently 18.4.
COVID-19 patients in Greene County hospitalsTo move into the green, there must be fewer than 20 COVID-19 patients in Greene County hospitals for at least 20 days. As of Friday morning, there are 34 patients in local hospitals.
Vaccination rateTo move into the green, at least 50% of eligible Springfield-Greene County residents 16 and over (about 238,871 residents) must be vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Friday morning, the vaccination rate is 29.65%.
Individuals can register and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment directly through Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator program. All Missourians 16 years and older can make an appointment after completing the registration process at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator.The public can view a complete list of vaccine events at vaccine417.com and contact the Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211 for help registering or making an appointment.
A mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit called Greene County CARES will continue the efforts to bring vaccine to harder-to-reach populations. The unit is a partnership of Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Greene County Medical Society, City of Springfield, and the United Way of the Ozarks’ Give 5 program.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated once a day Monday through Friday. To view the current numbers, visit health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus.
For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].