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7 People With COVID-19 May Have Exposed The Public To The Illness Before Being Diagnosed

Michele Skalicky

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has released another list of potential community exposures from people who had COVID-19 but hadn’t yet been diagnosed.

The latest list includes several places visited by seven people who had COVID-19 and some workplaces.

Three people who have the illness worked while sick, according to the health department.

They worked at:   La Hacienda, 1370 S. Glenstone in Springfield, Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. while infectious, symptomatic and wearing a mask; Big Whiskey’s, 900 N. Old Towne Ave. in Republic, from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 26, while infectious and symptomatic and wearing a mask; and at Mexican Villa West, 1100 W. Sunshine in Springfield, on Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while infectious but not symptomatic and not wearing a mask.

Here's the list of recent places visited by people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Thursday, June 25: Walmart Supercenter at 2825 N Kansas Expy. from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, June 26: Walmart Supercenter at 2825 N Kansas Expy., time not known (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, June 26: Dollar Tree at 2654 N Kansas Expy., time not known (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, June 26: Walmart Supercenter at 1150 US 60 in Republic around 4:30 p.m. for about 20 minutes (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)
  • Monday, June 29: Dollar General at 401 S Miller Rd in Willard between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Monday, June 29: Apple Market at 500 Miller Rd in Willard between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, July 3: Lowe’s Home Improvement at 1225 US 60 in Republic from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, July 3: ALDI at 1434 US 60 in Republic from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, masked)
  • Friday, July 3: Walmart Supercenter at 2825 N Kansas Expy from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)
  • Saturday, July 4: Walmart Supercenter at 3520 W Sunshine St from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)

Anyone at those places on those dates should monitor for symptoms.
Learn more here.  

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department added 35 new cases to the dashboard on its website on Monday.  Greene County has had a 12 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in the last week, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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.