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Posted on: May 4, 2023

Health Department announces changes following the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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On May 11, the federal government is expecting the Public Health Emergency (PHE) to end. In anticipation of the end of the PHE, Springfield-Greene County Health is announcing changes to their COVID-19 resources and services. 

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Posted on: April 20, 2023

Health Dept. begins simplified COVID-19 vaccination schedule, administering second updated booster

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Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a second booster shot of the updated COVID-19 vaccine for adults 65 years and older and those with weakened immunity. This additional booster shot can be received four months after...

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Posted on: March 30, 2023

Free COVID-19, flu, and RSV testing continues, moves to Wednesdays

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will still be offering free, drive-through testing for COVID-19, Influenza A & B (flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Springfield. Beginning April 5, weekly testing opportunities will be ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: March 27-31

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 Springfield-Greene County Health encourages everyone to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A weekly schedule for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Greene County for March 27-31 can be found below. Vaccination against COVID-19 can ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2023

Health Department and Library District partner to distribute 2,000 COVID-19 test kits

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To improve access to COVID-19 testing, Springfield-Greene County Health and the Springfield-Greene County Library District will begin distributing free at-home COVID-19 testing kits at all Greene County Library locations today, Thursday, March 23...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: March 20-25

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Springfield-Greene County Health encourages everyone to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A weekly schedule for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Greene County for March 20-25 can be found below. Vaccination against COVID-19 can help preve...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: March 13-18

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Springfield-Greene County Health encourages everyone to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A weekly schedule for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Greene County for March 13-18 can be found below. Vaccination against COVID-19 can help preve...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: March 6-11

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Springfield-Greene County Health encourages everyone to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A weekly schedule for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Greene County for March 6-11 can be found below. Vaccination against COVID-19 can help preven...

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Posted on: February 27, 2023

All COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters now eligible for $50 gift card

Anyone receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or booster doses will now receive a $50 gift card

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, Springfield-Greene County Health will offer $50 gift cards to anyone receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Until now, this vaccine incentive was only available to those receiving a first or second dose and their first boos...

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Posted on: February 24, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: Feb. 27-March 3

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Springfield-Greene County Health encourages everyone to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A weekly schedule for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Greene County for Feb. 27-March 3 can be found below. Vaccination against COVID-19 can help p...

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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Get tested for COVID-19 before Juneteenth celebrations

Juneteenth testing event: June 16 from 3-6 p.m. at O'Reilly Center for Hope.

To help keep COVID-19 transmission low, Springfield-Greene County Health will host a testing event before Juneteenth and Father’s Day gatherings this weekend.

Walk-in, non-symptomatic testing will be available from 3-6 p.m. June 16 at the O’Reilly Center f...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

City to take measures to ensure social distancing at tonight’s meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight for its regular meeting. Capacity will be limited inside City Council Chambers and overflow rooms opened to ensure proper social distancing. The meeting will also be broadcast on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Mayor congratulates Discovery Center for education award for COVID response

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure congratulates The Discovery Center of Springfield for being awarded the inaugural STOP Award from the Center for Education Reform and Forbes. The award includes a $1 million prize aimed at trans...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Updated COVID-19 protocols for Historic City Hall begin Monday

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The City of Springfield has updated COVID-19 safety protocols for public meetings taking place in Historic City Hall. Slight changes will be in effect beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Based on concerns over the spread of the Delta var...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Mayor issues statement on FDA's announcement

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A Statement from Mayor Ken McClure:

"Today, the authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should remove any doubts whatsoever about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. This is a f...

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Updated COVID-19 protocols for Historic City Hall begin Monday

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The City of Springfield has updated COVID-19 safety protocols for public meetings taking place in Historic City Hall. Slight changes will be in effect beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Based on concerns over the spread of the Delta var...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Mayor McClure praises Springfield-area legislators for bipartisan vaccination clinic

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Springfield Missouri Mayor Ken McClure says that many things make him proud about Springfield. Despite difficult times, like the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths, he is both proud and grateful to those who are willing to take...

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Posted on: July 12, 2021

2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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As a partner in the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the City of Springfield is canceling the 2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. The 2021 festival was planned for Aug. 13-14. A surprise kick-off concert tha...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Mayor withdraws proclamation of civil emergency as COVID-19 regulations end

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Mayor Ken McClure will withdraw the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 27 to coincide with the 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 28 effective date for the repeal of the ordinance containing the City’s COV...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

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The Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Local 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to as many Springfield-Greene County residents as possible.

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

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The Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Local 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to as many Springfield-Greene County residents as possible.

Springfield fire...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

City Council repeals community COVID-19 restrictions

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City Council unanimously repealed an ordinance containing the City’s COVID-19 regulations, (8-0 with Councilman Richard Ollis absent), effective at 12:01 a.m. May 28, 2021. A requirement for outdoor masks was lifted, effective immedia...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

City Council amends COVID-19 regulations to remove masking requirement when outdoors

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At tonight’s meeting, City Council unanimously passed a one-reading emergency bill to amend the City’s current COVID-19 regulations to remove the requirement for individuals to mask when outdoors, except when around large crowds.

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Springfield Fire Department to host family-friendly vaccine event May 7

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To help the community reach the Finish Strong goal to vaccinate 50% of eligible Greene County residents by Memorial Day, the Springfield Fire Department is offering a Fire Station Fun Day and Vaccine Clinic 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 7...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

City Council votes to lift occupancy restrictions April 16

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At its April 5 meeting, Springfield City Council voted to remove COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, allow buffet dining and special events under 500 people, moving the community into the “yellow” phase of the Road To Recovery Plan, effe...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

City Council extends masking, social distancing, occupancy restrictions until April 9

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At the recommendation of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and with the full support of health care partners in the region, City Council at its Dec. 14 meeting unanimously voted to extend the face covering, occupancy res...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

City to step up enforcement of masking ordinance

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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 p...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Masking requirement extended through Jan. 9

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After hearing from hundreds of speakers and reading tens of thousands of written and transcribed comments since first passing an ordinance in July requiring face coverings in public spaces, Springfield City Council at its Oct. 5 meeti...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

SGCHD provides COVID-19 update; reminds community of the seriousness of the virus

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and City of Springfield held a media briefing today to provide an update on COVID-19 and remind the community of the seriousness of the disease.

COVID-19 updateOn Wednesday, the Health Department received 82 ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

City Council passes ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces

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After hearing from more than 60 speakers and reading around 12,000 written and transcribed comments, City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the communit...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on public health capabilities leads to masking ordinance consideration

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Springfield City Council is considering an ordinance with a provision requiring the wearing of face coverings in public places as part of a proposed Phase 4 of the Road to Recovery Order. The current phase is in place until ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan to continue through July 15

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Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced today that the City of Springfield will continue with the Phase 3 Road to Recovery guidance that was announced in early June. ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure launches “Wear a Mask” Video Contest

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To promote the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended measure of wearing a mask in public, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announces a contest that invites community members to submit videos on why it&r...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan effective Monday

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Mayor Ken McClure, City Manager Jason Gage and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced a new City order today lessening restrictions of business and community activities. The order is effe...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, June 5

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community.

Both leaders expressed appreciation for the continued vigilance of the community in...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Mayor amends civil emergency order to allow public gatherings

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Mayor Ken McClure today issued a second amendment to his Fourth Proclamation of Civil Emergency to allow public events that require a special event permit by using the same occupancy restrictions for businesses, churches and other gro...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Council approves bills to temporarily ease requirements for outdoor dining

City Council has approved three bills to ease the requirements for outdoor dining spaces as the Springfield community continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopens in phases.

Anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities in...

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Posted on: May 25, 2020

Mayor McClure urges personal responsibility

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure shares a video message to Springfieldians as the community starts its first full week under a Road to Recovery Order, Phase 2. This second phase in the Road to Recovery Plan lightens restrictions, allowin...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Mayor amends order to clarify intent on occupancy allowance

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has made a slight amendment to his Road to Recovery Phase 2 emergency order that was issued Wednesday, May 20. As City and Health Department staff received feedback about the order throughout the...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Phase 2 of “Road to Recovery Plan” effective Saturday

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Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced a new order today lessening restrictions of business and community activities. The order is effective May 23-June 22, however, it will b...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City Council provides feedback on draft “Road to Recovery Plan”

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City Manager Jason Gage and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard shared with City Council Friday a draft guidance document called the Road to Recovery Plan to map out the area’s next phases in re...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, May 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community.

Citing continued flattening of the COVID-19 curve, on Thursday, May 7, the City and...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, May 1

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community. 

On Thursday, April 30, the City and County issued separate but similar Ro...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Mayor, Greene County issue Road to Recovery orders; Health Director urges cautious approach

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Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission issued separate but similar Road to Recovery orders to provide businesses and other organizations with guidance to safely resume operations. The City’s order goes into effec...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 24

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community. 

On Tuesday April 21, the City and County extended their Stay-at-Home orde...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Springfield and Greene County extend Stay-At-Home Orders until May 4

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission have extended separate, but similar Stay at Home Orders until 11:59 p.m., May 3, 2020. The current orders, which were put in place to help stop the spread of the novel cor...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 17

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message. On Thursday April 16, Gov. Parson extended the Stay-at-Home Order for the state of Missouri through...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Springfield Mayor and Greene County Presiding Commissioner react to Governor's announcement

MEDIA STATEMENTSpringfield Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon express gratitude to Governor Mike Parson for extending his Stay-At-Home order for the State of Missouri. The Governor has worked with local and county governm...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City of Springfield and Greene County issue amended “Stay-At-Home” Orders

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission issued stricter amended “Stay-At-Home” orders Monday, April 6, following an announcement by Gov. Mike Parson the previous Friday.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 3

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon shared their second video message after both elected officials enacted "Stay-At-Home" orders March 24 in order to help prev...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Health Department announces COVID-19 death; potential COVID-19 exposures

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the death of a Greene County resident from COVID-19. The seventh death is a man in his 60s who was immunocompromised. The Health Department extends our condole...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Health Department announces two COVID-19 deaths

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the death of two Greene County residents from COVID-19. One loss, a man in his 90s, was a positive case from the Morningside of Springfield East assisted livin...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, March 27

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share a video message at the end of a busy week. Both elected officials enacted "Stay-At-Home" orders aimed at limiting soc...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor issues order to prohibit public gatherings of 10 or more

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Following White House recommendations and consultation with other local and state officials, Mayor Ken McClure has issued an order amending which public gatherings are prohibited under an ordinance passed yesterday. The Mayor&rsqu...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor declares civil emergency; City Council prohibits public gatherings of 50 or more

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After a third case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed early today in Springfield-Greene County today, Mayor Ken McClure signed a proclamation of civil emergency.

At a special City Council meeting today, following Centers for...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Health Department asks community events gathering 250+ people to voluntarily suspend or postpone

This does not include workplaces or schools

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 suspe...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure calls for day of prayer, March 15, 2020

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is calling for a day of prayer on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in the community’s houses of worship.

“The social distancing strategies that Director Goddard outlined during Friday’s...

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