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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Mar. 27, 2020 - SGCHD expands COVID-19 case count to include epi-linked cases, epi-linked death

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is adding epidemiologically linked cases of COVID-19 to their case count, one of which is an additional death. 

An epi-linked case refers to illness in an individual that has not been confirmed by a ...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Virtual Press Briefing today at 2 p.m. at Public Safety Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer a virtual media briefing today at 2 p.m.

Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the pedestals outside in the parking lot of th...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Mar. 24, 2020 - SGCHD informs community of potential COVID-19 exposure

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As part of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s duty to protect the public’s health, we are informing of potential COVID-19 exposure in the community. 

People who were at these locations on these dates are at low r...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Mar. 24, 2020 - Health Department announces two additional COVID-19 deaths

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce two additional deaths of Greene County residents from COVID-19.

The patients were among the four cases confirmed from the Morningside of Springfield East assisted living facility. O...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Mayor McClure issues Stay-At-Home Order for Springfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County Presiding Commissioner – in consultation with Health Department Director Clay Goddard and health care system partners - issued a “Stay at Home” Order, requi...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Virtual press briefing today at 3 p.m.

The City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer a virtual media briefing today at 3 p.m. at the Public Safety Center. Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the pedes...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mar 23, 2020 - Health Department announces first COVID-19 death in Greene County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the first death of a Greene County resident from COVID-19.

The patient, a woman in her 80s, was among the four cases confirmed over the weekend from the Morning...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

UPDATED: Virtual Press Briefing pushed back to 6:30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer a virtual media briefing today at 6:30 p.m.

Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the pedestals outside in the parking lot of...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mar. 23, 2020 - Health Department announces 17 cases of COVID-19

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Illness believed to be circulating in the community, called "community spread"

As of 10 a.m. today, there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene County.

The 10th case, originally reported on Saturday, is believed to be a contact of a suspect...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mar. 23, 2020 - Virtual Press Briefing today at Noon at Public Safety Center

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer a virtual media briefing today at noon.

Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the pedestals outside in the parking lot of the Public Safety Center...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 21, 2020

Mar. 21, 2020 - Ten cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has recorded 10 cases of COVID-19 in Greene County. 

To protect the patients’ right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the regular practice of di...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 21, 2020

Mar. 21, 2020 - Hospital visitor restrictions expanded to protect against COVID-19

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To further protect patients, the community and health care workers, CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield Communities are expanding visitor restrictions beginning Monday, March 23.

No visitors will be allowed in the health systems’ hospitals across sou...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Mar. 21, 2020 - Missouri State student tests positive for COVID-19

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Today, Missouri State University and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department were notified that a student has tested positive for COVID-19 in Boone County, Missouri. The student was not living in university housing this semester and has not been i...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Mar. 20, 2020 - Eighth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Greene County.

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the regular prac...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Mar. 20, 2020 - Virtual press briefing at 5 p.m. at Public Safety Center

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MEDIA ALERT

This will again be a virtual media briefing. Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the pedestals outside in the parking lot or tune in to the livestream on the City’s and Health Depar...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Mar. 20, 2020 - Clarifying traveler guidance; advice on taking care of yourself in this tough time

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Clarifying traveler guidance:

Yesterday the Springfield-Greene County Health Department issued a general recommendation regarding travel. The focus of that guidance is tourist destinations with large crowd activities.

“We’ve seen images ...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Mar. 20, 2020 - Virtual press briefing today at noon at Public Safety Center

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Burrell Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, will hold a press briefing today to address the community mental health concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our communities, our famil...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mar. 19, 2020 - Health Department advises returning travelers self-quarantine

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As residents return from spring break trips and other travel, it is the advice of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that they self-quarantine for 14 days.

During that time, travelers returning from outside our region are advised to stay home,...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mar. 19, 2020 - Two additional cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the fifth and sixth confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene County.

About our cases

To protect the patients’ right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Mar. 18, 2020 - Health Department informs community of potential COVID-19 exposure

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As part of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s duty to protect the public’s health, we are informing of potential COVID-19 exposure in the community.

People who were at these locations on these dates are at low risk for co...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Mar. 18, 2020 - Virtual Press Briefing today at 3:30 pm at Public Safety Center

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer a virtual media briefing today at 3:30 p.m. at the Greene County Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott.

Media can connect to our video feed utilizing the SDI connections with embedded audio at the ped...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mar. 17, 2020 - Fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Greene County. 

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the re...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mar. 17, 2020 - CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield to postpone some non-urgent surgeries in coming weeks

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As CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield prepare to serve patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the health systems have made the decision to evaluate and potentially postpone some elective surgical procedures that are not urgent. 

In this case, elective pro...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mar. 16, 2020 - Third case of COVID-19 confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Greene County.

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the regular pract...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2020

Mar. 15, 2020 - City, County supportive of Governor Parson’s recommendation on mass gatherings

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, City of Springfield and Greene County Commission support Governor Mike Parson’s recommendation to follow revised Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for large events and mass gatherings. Th...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 14, 2020

Mar. 14, 2020 - Second case of COVID-19 presumptive positive in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Greene County.

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the r...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Mar. 13, 2020 - SGCHD asks community events gathering 250+ people to voluntarily suspend or postpone

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Following the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Greene County, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is asking community events expecting 250 or more people to voluntarily postpone or suspend for the time being.

Workplaces and school...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Mar. 12, 2020 - First case of COVID-19 presumptive positive in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department today announces the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Greene County.

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided. This case does not represen...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Mar. 4, 2020 - COVID-19 Task Force launched; media information session planned for Friday

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Since the novel coronavirus first emerged internationally in mid-December 2019, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has advised others in the public health system, including health care, first responders, higher education institutions and many...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Feb. 19, 2020 - Nominations open today for 2020 Harold K. Bengsch Award

Nominations for the 2020 Harold K. Bengsch Award are now open

Nominations for the 2020 Harold K. Bengsch honoree are now open.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages the nomination of individuals from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths. Those nominated could be honored ...

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Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Feb. 6, 2020 - Healthcare partners announce new flu-fighting precautions

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As confirmed flu cases have continued to rise, with especially large increases over the last two weeks, community healthcare partners are asking that the public observe new precautions to fight the flu.

Members of the community who have respiratory symptom...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Jan. 29, 2020 - Partners prepared for novel coronavirus: risk to general public remains low

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The risk of 2019 Novel Coronavirus remains low for the general public, but health care partners are prepared if the respiratory illness were to emerge in our community.

Although this is a new virus, in many ways, this coronavirus will be similar to our pas...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Oct. 22, 2019 - Agencies highlight available resources in light of continued overdose spike

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In light of a dramatic increase in overdoses in recent days, area partners have come together to save lives, share hope for recovery and highlight available resources for those struggling with the disease of addiction.

For many, addiction is misunderstood ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Oct. 1, 2019 - WIC Contract Renewed for 2020

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has renewed the contract for the Special Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for another year. The...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Sept. 23, 2019 - Springfield Flu Coalition clinics begin next week

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Flu season is just around the corner and the best method of protection—not to mention one of the easiest—is the flu vaccine.

Opportunities for adults who are uninsured to get a no-cost flu shot begin next week. This is thanks to the Springfield Flu Coaliti...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Sept 16, 2019 - Health Department Warns of Increase in Hepatitis A Cases

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is warning residents of an increase in Hepatitis A cases in recent weeks, and asking that the public be alert for signs and symptoms of the illness.

Since April of this year, there have been 25 cases of Hepat...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Sept 5, 2019 - Community Invited to Move Your Shoes in Annual Walking Challenge

Move Your Shoes Challenge

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging you to tie those laces and hit the pavement this October during the citywide Move Your Shoes Walking Challenge. The annual event combines physical activity with a little bit of healthy competi...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - Vaccine available to combat statewide Hepatitis A outbreak

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As noted below, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is urging at-risk populations to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A to prevent future spread of a statewide Hepatitis A outbreak.

In addition to the at-risk populations listed in the new...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019 - Springfield Tobacco 21 ordinance goes into effect

Tobacco Twenty-One

Tobacco 21—a Springfield ordinance prohibiting tobacco and e-cigarette sales to anyone under 21 years of age—goes into effect today, July 16, 2019.

On Monday, July 15, Springfield City Council unanimously voted to approve the ordinance which had first been...

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Apr 3, 2019 - Results of Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment to be Announced

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Community leaders from across many sectors in Springfield came together during a 15-month process to assess the needs, challenges and opportunities surrounding mental health and substance abuse in our community.

Along the way, a difficult reality emerged—G...

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Apr 1, 2019 - Health Department unveils new logo

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has been around for over 140 years. In that time, public health and the Springfield and Greene County community have shifted and grown immensely, and we have grown along with them.

Over the last five years, w...

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Posted on: March 28, 2019

Mar 28, 2019 - Retired Drug Court Commissioner named Bengsch Award honoree

2019 Harold K. Bengsch Award Honoree: Commissioner Peggy Davis

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is proud to announce Peggy Davis, the recently retired commissioner for Greene County’s Drug, Mental Health, DWI and Veterans Courts, as this year’s Harold K. Bengsch Award honoree. 

 

The pu...

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