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Posted on: March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021 -- Health Dept. reports no new COVID-19 deaths for first time in 35 weeks

COVID-19 News

For the first time in 35 weeks, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraged to announce zero new COVID-19 deaths among Greene County residents in the past week.

Between the March 17-23 reporting period, no new fatalities were reported to the Health Department. The last stretch of time we went without reporting any new fatalities was July 9-22, 2020.

“This is long-awaited news that our community should be encouraged by,” said Acting Director of Health Katie Towns. “We want to give credit to those who have done their part to save lives, including individuals who have gotten vaccinated -- or are in line to get vaccinated. Our community depends on each of us to make sure this trend of zero fatalities continues, especially as disease variants surge in other states. Although we are heading in the right direction, we cannot let our guard down.”

Since March 23, 2020, a total of 422 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of our community’s first loss, families of some of those lost shared stories of reflection and remembrance in honor of their loved ones. You can view a recording of their messages to our community here: https://cityview.springfieldmo.gov/covid-19-update-march-23-2021/ 

“These families have courageously stood before our community to honor their parents, grandparents and spouses. We need to remember their words and continue to take action so we can put an end to this virus. In addition to getting vaccinated, we need to continue to wear masks and watch our distance until our community is healed. We are close to the finish line and it’s incumbent upon us to finish strong,” added Towns.

COVID-19 Living Memorial                   

The Health Department is committed to remembering each life lost from COVID-19 and supporting those left behind. The COVID-19 Living Memorial allows families to share stories and memories of loved ones. 

The memorial can be accessed at health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDmemorial                 

We all play a part in prevention      

It is vital that we all remain vigilant and follow basic prevention measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones. This includes getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Wear a mask      
  • Watch your distance       
  • Wash your hands      
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn
  • Stay home if you are sick      
  • Limit interactions and social gatherings      
  • Minimize travel        

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including how to register, visit: health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine 

COVID-19 in our community 

A total of 28,211 cases have been reported in Greene County. 

672 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in March. 

113 cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Health Department in the last week. The seven-day average for new cases is 21.

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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 [email protected].                           

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].                   

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