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Posted on: September 23, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: September 26–30

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Greene County remains at a low-level impact for COVID-19 with a 7-day rolling average of 41 cases. Hospitalizations in Greene County hospitals are slightly down from earlier this month with 38 individuals hospitalized as of Sept. 21 compared to 57 on Sept...

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: September 19 – September 24

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With flu season looming, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from getting sick by staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and the flu vaccine. 

It is acceptable to get your COVID-19 vaccine...

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Posted on: September 9, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: September 12 – September 17

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As the summer begins to wind down, COVID-19 cases continue to decline with it. The current rolling 7-day daily average for COVID-19 cases in Greene County is 43 compared to 58 this time last month. 

With fall festivities and flu season on the hori...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Updated COVID-19 boosters approved by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

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New, updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna designed to help fight against the original COVID-19 strain and the new Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 have been approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for distribu...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: September 5 - 9

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As September begins, Greene County has moved to a low community impact level with a 7-day rolling average of 44 cases. However, hospitalizations in Greene County remain high with 55 individuals admitted in Greene County as of Sept. 1.  Although t...

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

Health Department pausing COVID-19 booster shots for those 12 and up, new boosters awaiting approval

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Today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration authorized two new vaccine booster dose types that are more effective against the existing variants of COVID-19. With today’s authorization of the new formula, existing vaccine types are no longer au...

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Posted on: August 26, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: August 29 – September 2

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COVID-19 cases in Greene County continue to decline but hospitalizations remain high with 55 individuals in Greene County hospitals as of Aug. 25. This continues to indicate severe illness is present in our community as we move into the month of September...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: August 22 – 27

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Greene County’s community impact level has remained low since Aug. 11 and cases continue to decline. As of Aug. 18, the 7-day average for COVID-19 cases is 53, which is a 10% decrease in cases. 

Despite low case numbers, hospitalizations remain co...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

New COVID-19 vaccination hours at Westside Public Health Center beginning Aug. 22

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Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, the Westside Public Health Center (660 S. Scenic Ave.) COVID-19 vaccination hours will change to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a one-hour break between 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Additionally, only walk-ins for...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: August 15 – 20

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Hospitalization rates remain high in Greene County hospitals with 48 people admitted as of Aug. 11. This signals that severe illness from COVID-19 resulting in hospitalization is significant in our community despite Greene County moving to a low impact co...

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

COVID-19 Testing will move to new location beginning Aug. 15

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COVID-19 testing will be moving to the Springfield-Greene County Health’s Bengsch Building (227 E. Chestnut Expy) beginning Monday, Aug. 15. Testing has been held at the Westside Public Health Center since the spring.

Members of the public can still make C...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Event will be held on Aug 18

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host a pop-up vaccine clinic on Aug. 18 with limited doses of the new Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine. Given the limited doses available to the Health Department, those who have an allergy to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines or their ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: August 8 - 12

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Cases of COVID-19 in Greene County continue to decline with a 7-day average of 52 cases. This is a 29% decline in the last 7 days. While this decline is encouraging, hospitalizations still remain high with around 70 individuals currently hospitalized in G...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: August 3 - 5

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The month of July is ending with COVID-19 cases in Greene County at a 7-day rolling average of 64 as of July 28. After moving to Medium Community Level Impact on July 21 Greene County rose back to High Impact a week later, indicating that severe illness f...

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Posted on: July 22, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: July 25 - 29

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Declining cases in Greene County has moved the county back into Medium Impact Level status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of July 21. This is an encouraging development in working back toward a Low Impact Level previously achieved an...

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Posted on: July 15, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: July 18 - 22

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As Greene County’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, now at a 7-day average of 89 as of July 15, Springfield-Greene County Health is offering multiple opportunities for the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Greene County recently rose to high impac...

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Posted on: July 8, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: July 13 - 16

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Springfield-Greene County Health is offering multiple opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 this week following the county’s recent rise to high impact level status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The rise to a...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: July 5 - 8

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Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19. In a continued effort to help give everyone opportunities to get vaccinated, the Health Department will offer multiple opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the w...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise headed into holiday weekend

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Springfield-Greene County Health is advising people to get tested for COVID-19 and stay home if sick this Fourth of July weekend. The seven-day average of new cases of has risen 10% in the past week to 87 cases per day. Additionally, 56 people were hospit...

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Posted on: June 24, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: June 27 – July 1

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Cases of COVID-19 are up slightly as the last week of June begins. As of June 23, the 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases is 77, which is a 15% increase from last week. The month began with a 7-day average of 50 cases. 

Given the upcoming Inde...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines approved for children 6 months and up

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On June 21, the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services approved the distribution of both the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months old. This approval was the final step in the regulation process following...

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Posted on: June 17, 2022

This week’s COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities: June 21-25

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In a continued effort to help give everyone opportunities to get vaccinated, the Health Department will offer multiple opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the week of June 21 – 25. The current 7-day case average for Gree...

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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Get tested for COVID-19 before Juneteenth celebrations

Juneteenth testing event: June 16 from 3-6 p.m. at O'Reilly Center for Hope.

To help keep COVID-19 transmission low, Springfield-Greene County Health will host a testing event before Juneteenth and Father’s Day gatherings this weekend.

Walk-in, non-symptomatic testing will be available from 3-6 p.m. June 16 at the O’Reilly Center f...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities for June 13-17

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The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in Greene County continues to rise, now at 61.1 cases as of June 9. As we have seen in other areas of the state, COVID-19 cases are climbing back up and escalating areas to medium to high level impact community ...

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Posted on: June 6, 2022

At-home COVID-19 test kits now available at Greene County libraries

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Testing for COVID-19 is a vital tool to prevent spreading the virus to other people. To improve access to testing, Springfield-Greene County Health and the Springfield-Greene County Library District will begin distributing at-home testing kits at all&...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities for June 6 - 10

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June began with a 7-day rolling average of 50 cases, which is a 32% increase in COVID-19 cases since May 26. While Greene County remains at a low impact level, residents can continue to take precautions to keep cases low. This includes getting tested if y...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

COVID-19 public vaccination opportunities for May 30 – June 3

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As we honor our servicemen and women on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day, residents are encouraged to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend. Currently, Greene County is still considered low level for transmission by the ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2022

COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech booster doses available for 5-11-year-olds, following DHSS recommendation

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Appointments for COVID-19 booster doses for 5-11-year-olds are now available at Springfield-Greene County Health vaccination clinics, following a formal recommendation from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) on May 20.  This...

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Posted on: May 20, 2022

Public vaccination and special Memorial Day testing opportunity for week of May 23-27

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The beginning of summer is underway, which means lots of gatherings among family and friends. Unfortunately, this also means that there is a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. Making the choice to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 can help make the ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities Available This Week Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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Greene County’s 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases has increased 63%, now at a 7-day rolling average of 30 cases compared to a rate of 11 cases two weeks ago. With this increase, it’s important to make sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccina...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of May 9-14

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of May 9-14.  

Individuals who receive a primary (first or second) dose or first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccin...

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Posted on: April 29, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of May 2-6

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of May 2-6.  

Individuals who receive a primary (first or second) dose or first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of April 25-30

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of April 25-30. 

Individuals who receive a primary (first or second) dose or first booster dose of the COVID-19 vacc...

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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of April 18 - 22

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of April 18-22. 

Individuals who receive a primary (first or second) dose or first booster dose of the COVID-19 vacc...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Celebrate Easter safely with free COVID-19 testing at the Health Department

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With COVID-19 cases remaining low, Springfield-Greene County Health encourages the community to enjoy this Easter and Passover weekend. Individuals should feel safe to gather with loved ones but may want to take some extra precautions to prevent the sprea...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Greene County COVID-19 daily case average drops below 10 for the first time since 2020

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Springfield-Greene County Health is announcing that for the first time since July 4, 2020, the 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in Greene County has dropped below 10 per day. The 7-day rolling average for April 12 was 9 cases and April 13 was 8.9, ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

COVID-19 outreach clinics continue to reach residents with vaccine and first & second boosters

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Springfield-Greene County Health continues to see a positive response to COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the area. Since Jan. 1, over 4,000 individuals have chosen vaccination and attended a Health Department clinic to receive their primary series or ...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of April 11 – 16

Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with our community partners during the week of April 11-16. 

Vaccination appointments are also available Monday – Friday at Westside Public Health Center (660 S. Scenic Ave.)...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Health Department provides March COVID-19 data update

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is highlighting important COVID-19 data from the month of March.

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Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients were significantly lower in Greene County in March compared to February, further sho...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of April 4 - 8

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Springfield-Greene County Health will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of April 4 – 8. 

Individuals who receive a primary (first or second) dose or first booster dose of the COVID-19 vacc...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Navigating COVID-19 with an endemic approach

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The state of Missouri is entering a new phase of the pandemic, as it has become evident that COVID-19 is here to stay. The Health Department is committed to helping the community better understand how to respond to the disease and make sure individuals ha...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

$50 gift cards now available for COVID-19 booster doses

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Beginning March 28, people who receive a COVID-19 booster dose at Springfield-Greene County Health Department vaccine clinics are eligible to receive a $50 gift card upon vaccination.

The gift card program has been open to people receiving first and second...

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of March 28 – April 2

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host walk-in vaccine opportunities through our community partners during the week of March 28 – April 2. 

Vaccination appointments are also available Monday – Friday at Westside Public Health Ce...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Health Department announces new initiative to address heath disparities in COVID-19 response

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has received a $574,599 grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to expand efforts to address health disparities caused by COVID-19. With this additional funding the department will i...

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of March 21 - 26

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host walk-in vaccine opportunities with community partners during the week of March 21 – 26. 

Individuals who receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Health...

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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Health Department, CFO and SPS offer chance to win $500 when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with Community Foundation of the Ozarks to offer five chances to win a $500 Walmart or Target gift card to those receiving a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the pop-up clinics...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of March 14 - 19

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host walk-in vaccine opportunities through our community partners during the week of March 14 – March 19. 

Vaccination appointments are also available Monday – Friday at Westside Public Health C...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

Health Department creates online tool to report at-home COVID-19 test results

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created an online tool to report positive COVID-19 cases from at-home antigen tests. This tool will provide an additional snapshot of community levels of the disease and help the Health Department watch ...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of March 7 - 12

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host walk-in vaccine opportunities through our community partners during the week of March 7 – March 12. 

Vaccination appointments are also available Monday – Friday at Westside Public ...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Health Department provides February COVID-19 data update

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is highlighting important COVID-19 data from the month of February. 

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The omicron surge, which began in early January, continued into February with 7-day averages of 400+ COVID-19 ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2022

Greene County at medium impact level for COVID-19 illness

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Greene County is currently at a medium impact level for COVID-19 illness, according to new guidance from the CDC that measures community levels of the disease. 

This classification comes as Greene County reaches...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Public Vaccination Opportunities: Week of Feb. 28 - March 5

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce new walk-in vaccine opportunities through our community partners for the week of Feb. 28 – March 5.

Individuals who receive 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic below wil...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Springfield-Greene County Health Department call center now offering Spanish speaking services

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce that the COVID-19 Call Center now offers Spanish speaking services to the community. 

This new service can be used by contacting the 417-874-1211 and pressing 3. Callers will t...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Health Department to move vaccine clinic, maintain vaccination and testing access

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will transition its COVID-19 vaccination and testing operations from the Health Department Vaccination Clinic on Battlefield Road to Westside Public Health Center (660 S. Scenic Ave.) starting Feb. 28. &...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Health Department launches respiratory disease outbreak preparedness program for businesses

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce the launch of a new resource for businesses to help them better prepare and respond to respiratory disease outbreaks. The Healthy Workplace Project will help business owners create and...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Health Department and community partners offer public vaccination opportunities

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools and other community partners to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the community starting this week.&n...

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Health Department provides January COVID-19 Data Update

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is highlighting important COVID-19 data from the month of January. 

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The Health Department is encouraging parents in Greene County to help slow the surge after January data shows a...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

City to take measures to ensure social distancing at tonight’s meeting

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Springfield City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight for its regular meeting. Capacity will be limited inside City Council Chambers and overflow rooms opened to ensure proper social distancing. The meeting will also be broadcast on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2022

Health Department releases toolkit to help workplaces navigate Omicron surge

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To help strengthen organizational prevention and response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has released an updated COVID-19 Toolkit for Businesses & Workplaces. 

First released in Sept. 2020, this ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Health Department to distribute 50,000 surgical masks to community partners

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As the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 makes its way through Greene County, having access to high-quality face masks may not be possible for many members of our community. 

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department recognize...

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

Health Department urging community to help Slow the Surge of COVID-19

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and nationally, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is launching a new campaign—Slow the Surge—urging community members to join the Health Department’s efforts to slow the spread of disease. ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Health Department launches COVID-19 testing opportunities map

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As demand for COVID-19 testing continues to increase, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is pleased to announce it has launched an interactive map detailing testing locations throughout the community. 

Like the Find-a-Vaccine map laun...

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

2021 ends with warning from Health Department on importance of vaccination and boosters

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging those who have not received a booster yet to do so as soon as possible, following a month of increasing cases and hospitalizations. 

Of all the positive cases reported to the Health De...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Greene County sees highest COVID-19 daily case rate since beginning of pandemic

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reporting a new record daily average of COVID-19 cases in Greene County. A total of 434 new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday, bringing the rolling 7-day average of new cases per day to an all-tim...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

CDC approves booster dose for 12–15-year-olds, scheduling now available at the Health Department

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is pleased to announce that booster appointments for those 12-15 years old can now be scheduled following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) approval on Jan. 6. DHSS approval comes afte...

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

First confirmed case of the Omicron variant identified in Greene County

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Results from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Genomic Surveillance System has confirmed that the Omicron variant has been present in Greene County since at least mid-December. This first case of Omicron was from a test sample taken...

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Posted on: December 28, 2021

Health Department launches tool to help understand new COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance

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With the recent changes to guidance for those who been infected with or exposed to COVID-19, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created an online tool to help determine what isolation and quarantine guidance an individual should follow. &...

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Posted on: December 27, 2021

Health Dept. encourages post-holiday COVID-19 testing; online scheduling now available

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After gathering with loved ones this holiday season, the Health Department encourages everyone to make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19. By getting tested after hosting, traveling, and gathering, individuals can determine whether they have become...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Mayor congratulates Discovery Center for education award for COVID response

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure congratulates The Discovery Center of Springfield for being awarded the inaugural STOP Award from the Center for Education Reform and Forbes. The award includes a $1 million prize aimed at trans...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Health Department offers testing opportunities to combat holiday surge of COVID-19 cases

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As we gather with family and friends, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging everyone to get tested and vaccinated this holiday season. In addition to daily vaccine opportunities, a Celebrate Safely Testing Event will take place on...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Winter Vaccine Event opens new appointments for Dec. 11

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is opening new appointment slots for its second Winter Vaccine Event this Saturday, Dec. 11. To ensure those who attend the event will get their 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, appointments will be ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

Health Dept. reports over 6,000 residents became partially vaccinated in Nov.

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Health Department reports over 6,000 residents became partially vaccinated in November as cases tick upwards 

 

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department?is pleased to report 6,439 Greene County residents took the first step to becom...

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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: August 23, 2021

Updated COVID-19 protocols for Historic City Hall begin Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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: July 29, 2021

Mayor McClure praises Springfield-area legislators for bipartisan vaccination clinic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 12, 2021

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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: May 27, 2021

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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 20, 2021

Springfield firefighters to serve as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 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: December 14, 2020

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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: 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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