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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Health Dept. reports no new COVID-19 deaths for May 5-11

COVID-19 News

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraged to report zero new COVID-19 fatalities among Greene County residents for the May 5-11, 2021 reporting period.

This is the third time in 42 weeks that the Health Department has reported no new COVID-19 deaths in Greene County.

A total of 430 Greene County residents have died from COVID-19.

Vaccine opportunities

The Health Department attributes decreases in reported fatalities and overall COVID-19 case numbers to more individuals getting vaccinated.

Since vaccine has become more widely available in our community, the number of COVID-19 fatalities has drastically fallen from a peak of 98 in December 2020 to four in April 2021 – a 96% decrease in monthly deaths.

COVID-19 deaths by month

"These numbers are evidence that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19,” said Acting Director of Public Health Katie Towns. “Individuals in our community are doing their part to not only slow the spread of this virus and the variants, but to save the lives of loved ones. We are one step closer to finishing strong with each vaccine that is given.”

Additionally, just 2% of Greene County residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 since January were fully vaccinated, according to local data.

Individuals can register and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Health Department by visiting or by calling our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211. Although pre-registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome at any one of the clinics hosted by the Health Department.

A complete list of vaccine opportunities, including clinics held by our community partners, can be found at

Individuals who don’t have internet access or need assistance registering can contact the Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211.

Along with saving lives, the COVID-19 vaccines offer many other benefits. Click here to learn why the vaccines are an important tool to help us return to our everyday lives.


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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