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Springfield-Greene County Health Department No Longer Notifies Public Of Low-Risk COVID-19 Exposures

Michele Skalicky

The decision by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to stop notifying the public of low-risk potential COVID-19 exposure locations is due to several factors, according to the department.  One is the masking ordinance in effect in Springfield that’s expected to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Officials said there were 240 new cases of COVID-19 between July 9 and July 16, and those cases point to significant community spread of the illness.

They say any public location should now be treated as a potential source of exposure.

Contact tracing and quarantine of positive cases and close contacts will continue.  And the health department will notify the public of any high-risk public exposures.

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.