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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Community guidance for at-home COVID-19 testing

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With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Greene County, getting tested is an important step in lowering community transmission. For ease of access, many people may use at-home testing kits. If you choose to administer a COVID-19 test at home using an antigen se...

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Posted on: November 29, 2021

Health Department will offer $50 gift cards for people getting fully vaccinated

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Starting Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer $50 gift cards to people seeking a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Department Vaccination Clinic (1425 E. Battlefield Rd).  

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

COVID-19 boosters approved and available for all adults

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Following state approval on Friday, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is ready to begin taking appointments for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all individuals 18 and up. The state approval follows the US Food and D...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Get tested for COVID-19 before holiday gatherings at Health Dept Celebrate Safely Testing Events

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Along with vaccination, getting tested for COVID-19 can reduce the risk of transmission during holiday gatherings and travel. 

To ensure access to testing before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host t...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Statement on Greene County's COVID-19 vaccination rate

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Beginning tomorrow, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard will report the vaccination rate for Greene County and Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area residents who are 5 years and older. Because there are now a larger n...

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Posted on: November 12, 2021

Health Department offering $50 gift cards and $15,000 in prizes at Winter Vaccine Events

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This holiday season, Springfield Public Schools and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks join the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in the fight against COVID-19 to offer prizes for people who receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Greene County remains an area of substantial transmission of COVID-19

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding the community that Greene County is still considered an area of Substantial Transmission by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The 7-day average case rate is currently 38 daily ca...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

CDC/DHSS approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 age group; Health Department begins scheduling

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is pleased to announce it is now taking appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 following state approval today. The state approval follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prev...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

All COVID-19 boosters now available; Health Dept launches tool to help understand current guidance

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With the recent approval of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created an online tool that will help determine if an individual is eligible for a booster shot and if the booster dose is...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Health Department offering $50 gift cards and $5,000 prize at Stick-or-Treat event

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Springfield Public Schools to offer $50 gift cards to those who receive the first or second dose of the COVID-19...

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Health Department provides update on COVID-19 boosters

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On Thursday and Friday, a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) independent panel endorsed the authorization of booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. This is the first of several steps that must be taken before tha...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Greene County reports first pediatric death from COVID-19

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce Greene County’s first pediatric death from COVID-19. This death is a tragedy that no family should have to endure, and an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 can have terrible conseque...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Health Department to open COVID-19 vaccination site to meet the increase in demand

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To meet the increase in demand for vaccine prompted by the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech booster shot and the pending approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children 5-11 years old, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is opening a mass ...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Springfield-Greene County reaches 50% vaccination rate; media availability scheduled for tomorrow

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More than half of Greene County residents ages 12 and over are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, an exciting moment for the community as case counts and hospitalizations continue to decrease. 

“I am so grateful to the more than 126,000 people...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Health Department offers multiple opportunities for first and second dose of vaccine

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Earlier this week the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced that nearly 11,000 individuals are overdue for their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. While 54.9% of individuals have initiated vaccine only 49.8% are fully vaccinate...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

11,000 Greene County individuals overdue for their 2nd shot encouraged to complete their vaccine

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As the community nears 50% of all eligible people being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging those who have initiated, but not completed their vaccination to get their second shot today. Current...

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Health Department urges community to get vaccinated

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is cautioning the community not to grow complacent as the rate of new COVID-19 cases increases slightly following several weeks of declines in Greene County. Toda...

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Posted on: September 15, 2021

Health Department and Jordan Valley reach out to Hispanic/Latinx community

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Jordan Valley Community Health Center are partnering to provide COVID-19 updates and guidance available in Spanish. 

On Thursday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. both o...

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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Greene County businesses encouraged to show off vaccination rates

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging business owners spread the word about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. Businesses are invited to proudly promote when their workforce meets a 70% vaccination rate. Businesses who achieve t...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Health Department hosting more vaccine clinics with higher education partners

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will provide vaccine opportunities at Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College in the coming week.

Clinics will be held at the main campuses of Drury University on September 13 from 11 am – 1 p...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Health Department partners with Fire Department, Library District to offer vaccine

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is once again partnering with the Springfield Fire Department and Springfield-Greene County Library District for COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the coming week.

Clinics will be held at Fire Station #5 on Septemb...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Average age of COVID-19 deaths drops to all-time low in August as vaccine uptake slows

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The average age of Greene County residents who died from COVID-19 decreased to an all-time low of 62 years in August compared to the previous low of 66 years in July, highlighting the impact of the Delta variant on people of all ages. Of the 52 COVID-19 f...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Vaccine opportunities for August 30-September 5; third doses available for immunocompromised

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This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 to 15 ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Health Department announces Finish Strong 417: Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign

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As of today, nearly 54%?of all eligible Greene County residents are not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In an effort to increase those rates, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and City of Springfield announce the Finish Strong 417: Ne...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

SGCHD urges immunocompromised to get vaccinated following 22 new COVID-19 deaths

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding immunocompromised individuals to get vaccinated, following the deaths of another 22 Greene County residents. The 22 COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Springfield-Greene County Health Departme...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Health partners recognize impact of monoclonal antibody treatment center, vow to continue services

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield are pleased to announce the tremendous success of the monoclonal antibody treatment center for COVID-19 patients in southwest Missouri....

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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Health Department offers third doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised individuals

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering two opportunities this week for vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vacci...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Updated COVID-19 protocols for Historic City Hall begin Monday

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The City of Springfield has updated COVID-19 safety protocols for public meetings taking place in Historic City Hall. Slight changes will be in effect beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Based on concerns over the spread of the Delta var...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Mayor issues statement on FDA's announcement

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A Statement from Mayor Ken McClure:

"Today, the authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should remove any doubts whatsoever about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. This is a f...

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Updated COVID-19 protocols for Historic City Hall begin Monday

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The City of Springfield has updated COVID-19 safety protocols for public meetings taking place in Historic City Hall. Slight changes will be in effect beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Based on concerns over the spread of the Delta var...

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Multiple opportunities to get vaccinated, including back-to-school events for college students

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Due to the increasing occurrence of severe illness in young people, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges college students to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The Health Department and Jordan Valley Community Health Center will hold sev...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Health Department reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths, third doses available for immunocompromised

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department continues to see the devastating impact of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates. Thirteen COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Health Department between Aug. 11-17. Nine of these deaths occurred in Au...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Opportunities available next week for students 12+ to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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Several opportunities are available in the coming week for students 12 and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of a new school year. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Jordan Valley Community Health Center will hold sever...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Health Department, CPO and CFO launch Greene for Vaccine incentive program to encourage vaccination

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Community Foundation of the Ozarks to launch Greene for Vaccine, an incentive program to offer a chance to win $1,000 to those who get vaccinated.

Th...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Health Department reports 24 new COVID-19 deaths; average age continues to fall

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Twenty-four COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department between Aug. 4-10. Of these, nine occurred in July, bringing the total number of deaths in that month to 67, and 15 occurred in the first nine days of August.

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Posted on: August 6, 2021

50% of Greene County residents receive at least one COVID-19 shot; public opportunities next week

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports more than half of eligible individuals have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, 50.28% of Greene County residents 12 and older are partially vaccinated while nearly 43% ar...

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

COVID-19 cases peak among children 0-11 years old; vaccination urged for all eligible individuals

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported a 113% increase in new COVID-19 infections among children ages 0-11 from June to July. 

506 children ages 0-11 tested positive for COVID-19 in July, up from 217 in June and the previous peak...

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Health Department reports 27 new COVID-19 deaths

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Twenty-seven COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department between July 28-August 3. Of these, 26 occurred in the month of July. Those lost include a man in his 30s and three women in their 40s, including a 43-year-old w...

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of August 2-8

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In the last seven days, 5,715 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered among Greene County residents 12 and older. This is a small decrease of 8% from the previous week.

Currently, nearly 42% of residents 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. Althoug...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Health Department clarifies alternate care site request

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A Statement from Springfield-Greene County Health Director Katie Towns 

Our hospital systems have endured a very difficult few weeks following the July 14 request by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for an alternate care site. While...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Mayor McClure praises Springfield-area legislators for bipartisan vaccination clinic

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Springfield Missouri Mayor Ken McClure says that many things make him proud about Springfield. Despite difficult times, like the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths, he is both proud and grateful to those who are willing to take...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Health Department begins triaging COVID-19 case investigations

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Due to the overwhelming number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Greene County daily, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has begun prioritizing case investigation efforts.   

During a media availability this afternoon, Direct...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Health Dept urges all individuals to get vaccinated as the average age of COVID-19 deaths falls

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The average age of Greene County residents who have died from COVID-19 so far in July has fallen 25 years from its peak in March of 2020. So far in July, our community has lost 32 Greene County residents to COVID-19, and many did not have preexisting cond...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Health Department partners with Fire Department to expand COVID-19 testing

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with the Springfield Fire Department to expand COVID-19 testing opportunities. Beginning Monday, July 26, Health Department staff will begin testing at Fire Station #8 at 1405 S Scenic Ave. Fre...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of July 26-August 1

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On Wednesday, July 21, Springfield hospitals reported an all-time high of 265 hospitalizations from COVID-19. As of Thursday, 263 individuals were being treated for COVID-19 and 103 were in critical care.

On Thursday, 248 new cases of COVID-19 were reporte...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Local health departments expand interactive map of COVID-19 vaccine opportunities to the region

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To help individuals in our community find a COVID-19 vaccine near them, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other local public health agencies have expanded the Find a Vaccine map to cover all southwest Missouri.

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of July 19-25

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COVID-19 spread continues to spike to levels our community hasn’t seen since the height of infections in December and January. Over the past week, 1,505 Greene County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average for new cases...

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Greene County's fully vaccinated rate reaches 40%; Health Dept. urges public to get vaccinated

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is announcing 40% of Greene County residents 12 and older have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the last seven days, 4,371 vaccines were administered at clinics hosted by the Health Department ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Health Department and Emergency Management request funding for COVID-19 Alternative Care Site

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management submitted a request to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency for a COVID-19 Alternat...

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Posted on: July 12, 2021

2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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As a partner in the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the City of Springfield is canceling the 2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. The 2021 festival was planned for Aug. 13-14. A surprise kick-off concert tha...

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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of July 12-18

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Local hospitals continue to see a surge in patients and ICU admissions due to severe illness caused by the COVID-19 Delta variant. 

As of Thursday, 192 individuals were being treated for COVID-19 at Springfield hospitals. Compared to last month on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Health Department reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to report the deaths of 17 Greene County residents from COVID-19 for the June 21-July 4 reporting period.  All 17 fatalities occurred in June. Those who died range in age from their 40s ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of July 5-11

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As the highly contagious and aggressive COVID-19 Delta variant continues to rapidly spread in our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraged that more individuals are seeking vaccine.

In the last week, more than 3,500 Greene C...

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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of June 28-July 4

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The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread in our community, particularly among younger individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Between June 18-24, more than 750 new cases were reported among Greene County residents and the average...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Unvaccinated individuals at higher risk of contracting dangerous COVID-19 Delta variant

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The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant continues to take a toll on our community, especially among younger adults who are not fully vaccinated.

Cases of the Delta variant have skyrocketed in the past three weeks and have accounted for 93% of cases te...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

SGCHD's Westside Clinic to offer weekly vaccination opportunities

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As part of our ongoing commitment to make vaccine accessible to every part of our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Westside Clinic at 660 S. Scenic will offer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p....

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of June 21-27

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Many opportunities are available this week to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Due to increased disease spread in our community, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As of Friday, June 18, the seven-day r...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

SGCHD launches new interactive map of COVID-19 vaccine opportunities

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To help individuals in our community find a COVID-19 vaccine near them, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has launched an interactive map of vaccination locations. 

The map allows individuals to input their home or work address to lo...

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Posted on: June 11, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of June 14-20

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and community partners urge everyone 12 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The recent increase in disease spread has demonstrated the need for unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated as s...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

Health Department urges vaccination as case counts significantly rise

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As COVID-19 disease spread and hospitalizations rise in our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is urging everyone 12 years and older to seek vaccine as soon as possible.

On Monday, 142 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported t...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of June 7-13

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Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 case numbers among unvaccinated individuals, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages everyone 12 years and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As of Friday, June 4, the seven-day rolling av...

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Posted on: June 3, 2021

Local health departments encourage COVID-19 prevention measures for summer camps

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Summer camps play an important role in keeping kids active and healthy, but they can also pose an increased risk for the spread of COVID-19 if proper mitigation strategies are not taken. 

Although most children who contract COVID-19 have mild symp...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Health Department reports rising cases among unvaccinated residents and falling rates of vaccination

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reporting a 37% increase in cases of COVID-19 over the last 7 days. This includes two consecutive days of 63 new positive cases prior to the holiday weekend. According to data collected in patient intervi...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of May 31-June 6

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages everyone 12 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Below is a list of opportunities for the week of May 31-June 5.

Tuesday, June 1

  • Battlefield City Hall (JVCHC) – 5234 S. Tower...
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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Health Department encourages young people to get vaccinated

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging young people to make receiving the COVID-19 vaccine a priority. Currently, more than 36% of Greene County residents are fully vaccinated, but that rate is o...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Mayor withdraws proclamation of civil emergency as COVID-19 regulations end

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Mayor Ken McClure will withdraw the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 27 to coincide with the 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 28 effective date for the repeal of the ordinance containing the City’s COV...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of May 24-30

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages everyone in our community to protect themselves against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. New opportunities to get vaccinated are available this week through our community partners. 

While w...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Health Department partners with Park Board to hold vaccination clinics

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Departmenis partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics at parks and recreation facilities. The Health Department and Park Board worked together to identify loca...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

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The Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Local 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to as many Springfield-Greene County residents as possible.

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Health Dept. reports no new COVID-19 deaths for May 12-18

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraged to report zero new COVID-19 fatalities among Greene County residents for the May 12-18, 2021 reporting period.

This is the fourth time in 43 weeks that the Health Department ha...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

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The Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Local 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to as many Springfield-Greene County residents as possible.

Springfield fire...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

City Council repeals community COVID-19 restrictions

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City Council unanimously repealed an ordinance containing the City’s COVID-19 regulations, (8-0 with Councilman Richard Ollis absent), effective at 12:01 a.m. May 28, 2021. A requirement for outdoor masks was lifted, effective immedia...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of May 17-23

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce new vaccine opportunities through our community partners for the week of May 17-23.

While walk-ins are always welcome, individuals may save time by registering for clinics in advance at...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

ACIP, DHSS authorize Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15; vaccination opportunities available

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and community partners are providing opportunities for individuals 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services authorized the Pfizer-Bi...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

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

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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 ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Public vaccination opportunities: Week of May 10-16

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In an ongoing effort to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccines and reach our next milestone of 50% of our population becoming fully vaccinated, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce new vaccine opportunities through our ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Apr. 28-May 4

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the death of one Greene County resident from COVID-19. This loss was reported to us between Wednesday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 4.

Our community lost a woman in her 80s.

The individual...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Local health departments encourage community to celebrate graduations safely

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Sports, concerts, prom and graduation... we’re all excited to get back to normal life.  No one wants to miss the big moments due to quarantine or illness. With these milestones on the line, local public health departments are encouraging the enti...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Health Department, Mercy and Springfield Cardinals partner to bring vaccine to Opening Day

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to partner with Mercy and the Springfield Cardinals to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at Hammons Field for Opening Day on Tuesday, May 4.

The vaccine clinic will be located just inside the main gate. ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

City Council amends COVID-19 regulations to remove masking requirement when outdoors

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At tonight’s meeting, City Council unanimously passed a one-reading emergency bill to amend the City’s current COVID-19 regulations to remove the requirement for individuals to mask when outdoors, except when around large crowds.

On Ap...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Springfield Fire Department to host family-friendly vaccine event May 7

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To help the community reach the Finish Strong goal to vaccinate 50% of eligible Greene County residents by Memorial Day, the Springfield Fire Department is offering a Fire Station Fun Day and Vaccine Clinic 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 7...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for April 21-27

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the death of two Greene County residents from COVID-19. These losses were reported to us between Wednesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 27.

Our community lost:

  • A man i...
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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Area public health departments launch Vaccine Champions initiative to combat vaccine hesitancy

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Local public health departments across the 417 region are partnering to launch a new initiative to empower members of the public to personally engage their family, friends, and peers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Vaccine Champions initiative aim...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Health Dept. reports no new COVID-19 deaths for Apr. 14-20

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is overjoyed to announce zero new COVID-19 fatalities among Greene County residents between April 14-20, 2021.

This is the second time in 39 weeks that the Health Department has reported no new COVID-19 death...

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Apr. 7-13

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the death of one Greene County resident from COVID-19. This loss was reported to us between Wednesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 13.

Our community lost a man in his ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Mar. 31-Apr. 6

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of two Greene County residents from COVID-19. These losses were reported to us between Wednesday, March 31?and Tuesday, April 6.

Our community lost:

  • A man in his 70s
  • A woman i...
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Posted on: April 5, 2021

City Council votes to lift occupancy restrictions April 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At its April 5 meeting, Springfield City Council voted to remove COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, allow buffet dining and special events under 500 people, moving the community into the “yellow” phase of the Road To Recovery Plan, effe...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

COVID-19 variant confirmed in Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department was notified by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that a Greene County resident tested positive for the UK variant B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2.&...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Mar. 24-30

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the deaths of two Greene County residents?from COVID-19.?These losses were reported to us between Wednesday, March 24?and Tuesday, March 30. 

Our community lost:

  • A man in his 7...
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Posted on: March 24, 2021

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

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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 ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Day of Remembrance to be held in honor of those lost from COVID-19

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department invites the community to participate in a Day of Remembrance to commemorate the lives of the 422 Greene County residents lost from COVID-19 over the past year.

Community leaders and families of some of those ...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

Health Dept. announces COVID-19 deaths for Mar. 10-16

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is saddened to announce the death of one Greene County resident from COVID-19. This loss was reported to us between Wednesday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 16.

Our community lost a man in his 60s.

We e...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Governor plans to open Phase 1B Tier 3 on March 15 as vaccine supply allows

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Yesterday, Governor Mike Parson announced the tentative opening of the next tier in the state’s vaccine distribution plan for Monday, March 15. 

Although this date is expected to be when the tier opens, vaccine supply continues to be limited. Ther...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Make your voice heard by taking our COVID-19 vaccine survey

Make your voice heard!

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reminds individuals in our community to make your voice heard by participating in our regional COVID-19 vaccine survey. The survey will remain open until Friday, February 19. 

We encourage e...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Quarantine not required for at least 90 days following full vaccination

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Fully vaccinated individuals who are in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine for at least 90 days following their second dos...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Health Department issues Finish Strong Challenge

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is challenging our community to move forward together as progress is made to provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals.

During a news briefing this afternoon, the Health Department announced its Finis...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Clarification on state's mass vaccination event on Friday

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MEDIA ALERT

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced site locations for week two of the COVID-19 mass vaccination events in partnership with the Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and local health care systems. Site loca...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

City Council extends masking, social distancing, occupancy restrictions until April 9

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At the recommendation of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and with the full support of health care partners in the region, City Council at its Dec. 14 meeting unanimously voted to extend the face covering, occupancy res...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Mayor renews civil emergency order through Jan. 11, 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As a housekeeping item in order to ensure the city has needed flexibility in the coming weeks, Mayor Ken McClure issued the Fifth Renewal of the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency, effective Dec. 12, 2020-Jan. 11, 2021.

“There conti...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

City to step up enforcement of masking ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Jason Gage has asked City departments to step up enforcement of the City’s ordinance requiring face coverings and social distancing. Health officials and police are primary enforcers of the ordinance.

 

Masks are p...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

State to host community COVID-19 testing event in Springfield

Free COVID-19 testing: Register at health.mo.gov/communitytest or 1-877-435-8411

As part of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s community COVID-19 testing events throughout the state, a free testing event will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 3001 N. Grant Ave. on Thursday, December 3 from 9 a...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Mayor renews civil emergency order through Dec. 12

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As a housekeeping item in order to ensure the city has needed flexibility in the coming weeks, Mayor Ken McClure issued the Fourth Renewal of the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency, effective Nov. 13-Dec. 12.

“There continues to rea...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Masking requirement extended through Jan. 9

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After hearing from hundreds of speakers and reading tens of thousands of written and transcribed comments since first passing an ordinance in July requiring face coverings in public spaces, Springfield City Council at its Oct. 5 meeti...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

SGCHD provides COVID-19 update; reminds community of the seriousness of the virus

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and City of Springfield held a media briefing today to provide an update on COVID-19 and remind the community of the seriousness of the disease.

COVID-19 updateOn Wednesday, the Health Department received 82 ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

City Council passes ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces

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After hearing from more than 60 speakers and reading around 12,000 written and transcribed comments, City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the communit...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on public health capabilities leads to masking ordinance consideration

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Springfield City Council is considering an ordinance with a provision requiring the wearing of face coverings in public places as part of a proposed Phase 4 of the Road to Recovery Order. The current phase is in place until ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan to continue through July 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced today that the City of Springfield will continue with the Phase 3 Road to Recovery guidance that was announced in early June. ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure launches “Wear a Mask” Video Contest

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To promote the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended measure of wearing a mask in public, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announces a contest that invites community members to submit videos on why it&r...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan effective Monday

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Mayor Ken McClure, City Manager Jason Gage and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced a new City order today lessening restrictions of business and community activities. The order is effe...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, June 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community.

Both leaders expressed appreciation for the continued vigilance of the community in...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Mayor amends civil emergency order to allow public gatherings

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Mayor Ken McClure today issued a second amendment to his Fourth Proclamation of Civil Emergency to allow public events that require a special event permit by using the same occupancy restrictions for businesses, churches and other gro...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Council approves bills to temporarily ease requirements for outdoor dining

City Council has approved three bills to ease the requirements for outdoor dining spaces as the Springfield community continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopens in phases.

Anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities in...

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Posted on: May 25, 2020

Mayor McClure urges personal responsibility

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure shares a video message to Springfieldians as the community starts its first full week under a Road to Recovery Order, Phase 2. This second phase in the Road to Recovery Plan lightens restrictions, allowin...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Mayor amends order to clarify intent on occupancy allowance

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has made a slight amendment to his Road to Recovery Phase 2 emergency order that was issued Wednesday, May 20. As City and Health Department staff received feedback about the order throughout the...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Phase 2 of “Road to Recovery Plan” effective Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced a new order today lessening restrictions of business and community activities. The order is effective May 23-June 22, however, it will b...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City Council provides feedback on draft “Road to Recovery Plan”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Jason Gage and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard shared with City Council Friday a draft guidance document called the Road to Recovery Plan to map out the area’s next phases in re...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, May 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community.

Citing continued flattening of the COVID-19 curve, on Thursday, May 7, the City and...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community. 

On Thursday, April 30, the City and County issued separate but similar Ro...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Mayor, Greene County issue Road to Recovery orders; Health Director urges cautious approach

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Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission issued separate but similar Road to Recovery orders to provide businesses and other organizations with guidance to safely resume operations. The City’s order goes into effec...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message to the community. 

On Tuesday April 21, the City and County extended their Stay-at-Home orde...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Springfield and Greene County extend Stay-At-Home Orders until May 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission have extended separate, but similar Stay at Home Orders until 11:59 p.m., May 3, 2020. The current orders, which were put in place to help stop the spread of the novel cor...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 17

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share their weekly video message. On Thursday April 16, Gov. Parson extended the Stay-at-Home Order for the state of Missouri through...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Springfield Mayor and Greene County Presiding Commissioner react to Governor's announcement

MEDIA STATEMENTSpringfield Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon express gratitude to Governor Mike Parson for extending his Stay-At-Home order for the State of Missouri. The Governor has worked with local and county governm...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City of Springfield and Greene County issue amended “Stay-At-Home” Orders

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and the Greene County Commission issued stricter amended “Stay-At-Home” orders Monday, April 6, following an announcement by Gov. Mike Parson the previous Friday.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, April 3

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Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon shared their second video message after both elected officials enacted "Stay-At-Home" orders March 24 in order to help prev...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Greene County and City leaders support additional efforts to control COVID-19

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In today’s press briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri. During that briefing he called for a statewide Stay at Home Missouri Order. The...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Health Department announces COVID-19 death; potential COVID-19 exposures

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the death of a Greene County resident from COVID-19. The seventh death is a man in his 60s who was immunocompromised. The Health Department extends our condole...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Health Department announces two COVID-19 deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is heartbroken to announce the death of two Greene County residents from COVID-19. One loss, a man in his 90s, was a positive case from the Morningside of Springfield East assisted livin...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Message from Mayor McClure and Presiding Commissioner Dixon, March 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure and Greene County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon share a video message at the end of a busy week. Both elected officials enacted "Stay-At-Home" orders aimed at limiting soc...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor issues order to prohibit public gatherings of 10 or more

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Following White House recommendations and consultation with other local and state officials, Mayor Ken McClure has issued an order amending which public gatherings are prohibited under an ordinance passed yesterday. The Mayor&rsqu...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor declares civil emergency; City Council prohibits public gatherings of 50 or more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After a third case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed early today in Springfield-Greene County today, Mayor Ken McClure signed a proclamation of civil emergency.

At a special City Council meeting today, following Centers for...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Health Department asks community events gathering 250+ people to voluntarily suspend or postpone

This does not include workplaces or schools

Following the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Greene County, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is asking community events expecting 250 or more people to voluntarily postpone or suspe...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure calls for day of prayer, March 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is calling for a day of prayer on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in the community’s houses of worship.

“The social distancing strategies that Director Goddard outlined during Friday’s...

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