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The Greene County health care community and area Coronavirus Task Force announce the implementation of visitor restrictions to health care facilities in our area to combat the future spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
There remains zero cases of COVID-19—the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus—in Greene County. Over the weekend, Missouri saw its first presumptive case in a traveler from St. Louis County.
The visitor restrictions are similar to those implemented during a tough flu season. Children ages 12 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be permitted to visit Greene County hospitals or other long-term care facilities until further notice, beginning today, Monday, March 9.
Additionally, those outside this age group who feel sick and are not seeking care are asked to avoid visiting hospitals or other health care facilities for the protection of patients, hospital staff and the broader community.
For people who do not have underlying health conditions, virtual care options are available. A listing of those options, as well as the latest information available to our community on COVID-19 is available at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus
There are individual actions we can all take to avoid respiratory illness, including flu and COVID-19:
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer media availability to discuss this and other coronavirus/COVID-19 questions at 1:30 pm at the Harold K. Bengsch Building at 227 E. Chestnut Expressway.