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Posted on: July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020 - Health Department announces potential COVID-19 community exposures

Public Exposure Notice

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is notifying the public of potential community exposures from four COVID-19 positive individuals. Three cases reside in Greene County and one resides in another jurisdiction.

Prior to being diagnosed, the individuals went to the following locations: 

  •  Friday, July 3: Visited Sam’s Club at 3660 E Sunshine St from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, July 3: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 1923 E Kearney St from 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, July 3: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 2825 N Kansas Expy from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Monday, July 6: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 3315 S Campbell Ave around 8:30 a.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)
  • Tuesday, July 7: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 2021 E Independence St from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)
  • Tuesday, July 7: Visited Colton’s Steakhouse at 2020 E Independence St from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)
  • Wednesday, July 8: Visited Braum’s Ice Cream and Burger Restaurant at 2555 N Kansas Expy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)
  • Thursday, July 9: Visited Kingdom Coffee at 211 S Market Ave from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)
  • Saturday, July 11: Visited Chili’s Grill & Bar at 3020 S Glenstone Ave from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)

Prior to being diagnosed, one of our cases worked at Menards at 3803 W University St on the following dates:

  •  Tuesday, July 7: Worked from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Wednesday, July 8: Worked from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked) 
  • Thursday, July 9: Worked from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)

Anyone who was at these locations on these dates 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.    

It is our responsibility to take steps to suppress COVID-19 in our community and interact with our environment carefully. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they need to stay home. We all need to practice physical distancing, proper hand hygiene and wear a face covering whenever possible. For information on how to properly wear a face covering and when to wear one, click here.

A timeline of all known potential community exposures in the last 21 days is available here.      

21 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported by the Health Department today, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 609.     

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.      

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

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.

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by phone at 417-380-2556 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov.

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