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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Clarifying traveler guidance; advice on taking care of yourself in this tough time


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 on the news of packed beaches and bars. That’s really the travelers that I’m focused on,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard. “I’m concerned about people that went to areas where there’s more endemic disease and they’re crowded together. We tried to make that message simple, and I apologize that we have created more confusion.”

In particular, the availability of childcare for our healthcare workers and emergency/first responders is essential to our community’s ability to respond during this time of emergency.  

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has encouraged Springfield Public Schools and other surrounding districts to help meet this critical need. We appreciate the support staff who will serve in this capacity to help ensure that our region is able to effectively respond. We are working closely with these school districts to ensure that these environments are safe for both employees and children. 

Advice on taking care of yourself in this tough time:

Burrell Behavioral Health partnered with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to 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 families and our everyday lives.

As our places of gathering and socialization continue to close, and many of us choose or are asked to stay home entirely, it is vital that we understand that social distancing does not have to mean emotional distance. 

“Be physically distant, but remain emotionally connected,” Burrell President & CEO C.J. Davis noted.

Burrell remains open to care – both in-person and telephonically – both to fulfill its mission of serving our communities, and as a safety net for the frontline medical and public health staff who are working around the clock to slow and treat the spread of COVID-19. Those who need to schedule an appointment – either in person or telephonically – should call 417-761-5000.

Our Crisis Line is 1-800-494-7355. This is if you are in an acute situation and need immediate care. This resource is ALWAYS there


For media requests, contact Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department by phone at 417-874-1205 or email at

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