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Posted on: May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020 - Health Department announces potential COVID-19 exposure


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is notifying the public of a potential exposure from someone recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

Our case was showing symptoms while visiting the Walmart at 1923 E. Kearney on May 10 around 5 p.m. 

As we take steps to reopen our community, it is even more important for all of us to be staying at home while sick. When we do need to get out, we should be interacting with our environment as if we are sick or the people around us are sick. 

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another.

Anyone who was at this location on this date is at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • cough,
  • fever,
  • shortness of breath,
  • chills,
  • muscle pain,
  • sore throat
  • and new loss of taste or smell.

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention.

If you are sick, you can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness. Links are available at 

If you do wish to visit in-person, contact your health care provider before you go to tell them about your symptoms.

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at, email, or call 417-874-1211. 


For media requests, contact Kathryn Wall by phone at 417-874-1205 or email at

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