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Task Force Will Focus On Preparing For Possible Future COVID-19 Cases In Greene County

Michele Skalicky

A new task force will work on planning and preparedness for possible cases of COVID-19 in Greene County.

The task force was formed by the Greene County Office of Emergency Management and other partners, according to a news release.

Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in China in December, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has advised those in the public health system about the disease.  But officials say as person-to-person spread continues to emerge in the U.S. and in other countries, a more formal process was needed.  There have been NO cases of COVID-19 in Missouri.

The new task force “will review and deploy existing plans for respiratory illness response as they apply to the potential for COVID-19 to emerge in our community,” according to the health department. It says those plans build upon what has been learned in the past from pandemics like H1N1 and other large-scale coordinated efforts.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.