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Springfield-Greene County COVID-19 Dashboard update for the week ending April 30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfieldians may be able to look forward to a return to normalcy this summer, but only if the seven-day case average and number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals trend downward and the vaccination rate continues to climb to the 50% rate that is needed for restrictions to be lifted.
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
To move into the green, there must be fewer than 20 cases on average per day. The seven-day average is currently 23.14.
COVID-19 patients in Greene County hospitals
To 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 41 patients in local hospitals.
To 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 32.32%.
To help the community reach the Finish Strong goal to vaccinate 50% of eligible Greene County residents by Memorial Day, area agencies are bringing the vaccine to where people are.
Walk-in vaccine clinics are available Saturday at two Springfield-Greene County Library District locations:
Registration on the Missouri COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator website is encouraged, but not required.
The Jordan Valley Community Health Center Mobile Vaccine Unit will be on site at Artsfest this weekend for walk-up vaccination 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the southeast corner of the University Plaza parking lot, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway.
Those being vaccinated will have a choice between the Johnson & Johnson- single dose available for individuals 18+ years old or the Pfizer two-dose vaccine for individuals 16 and older. Those ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their vaccine consent form. The Pfizer vaccine will require a second dose May 22 at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center Vaccine Clinic at 1720 W. Grand St.
Fire Station 8
The Fire Department is offering a drop-in Fire Station Fun Day and Vaccine Clinic 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 7 at Fire Station 8, 1405 S. Scenic.
While parents are getting their vaccine, children can interact with firefighters, see a fire truck up close, color in Springfield Fire Department coloring books, decorate the fire station’s sidewalks with chalk and work on a home fire escape plan.
Registration is not required. Anyone (with or without children) eligible for the vaccine can stop by Fire Station 8 and receive their choice of either the Moderna two-shot vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will receive instructions on when and where they can receive their second dose. Vaccines will be administered by firefighters trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics.
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.
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].