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Health Department Continues Urging Personal Responsibility To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Chloe O'Neill

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department continues urging everyone to social distance, wear masks in public, wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and seek testing if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Assistant health department director, Jon Mooney, told Springfield City Council Tuesday there were 125 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning and 20 probable cases--for a total of 145.  Thirty-six of those cases are active.

He says the last several days have been the most active period for COVID-19 since before the stay at home order went into effect in late March.  There have been 24 new cases over the last 10 days.

Mooney said they feel confident they’ve been able to keep up with the latest cases, "but we do have 280 individuals that are now known as contacts and in quarantine and monitoring to watch this for the next one to two weeks depending on when they were potentially exposed, so that is one that is certainly impacting our capability."

Those currently in quarantine include contacts of two hair stylists diagnosed with COVID-19 who worked at Great Clips on S. Glenstone while symptomatic.

Mooney said test results on the direct contacts of the stylists, including 140 clients, aren’t back yet.

The City of Springfield recently relaxed its restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The city is currently in Phase 2 of its recovery plan