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Posted on: June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020 - SGCHD announces potential COVID-19 community exposures among unsheltered community

Public Exposure Notice

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is notifying the public of potential community exposures from an unsheltered individual in our area.

Prior to being diagnosed, we believe our case visited several local providers for unsheltered services in the past week.

A coordinated community effort has been launched to help those individuals potentially exposed to access testing and other needed services. Although we hoped to avoid such a circumstance, our partners were aware of the potential of COVID-19 cases among the unsheltered population and have worked to have plans in place in just such an instance.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management have coordinated resources for sheltering and other needs. For those resources, contact Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ One Door Program at 417-225-7499.

Those who are concerned about having been exposed should contact the Health Department’s coronavirus hotline at 417-874-1211 to access testing.

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. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea      

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention. 

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov.   

For media requests, questions about COVID-19 or testing, contact Kathryn Wall by phone at 417-874-1205 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov. For questions about sheltering or other resources, contact Jacque Breedlove-Harness at 417-888-2020 or jharness@cpozarks.org

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