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Greene County Breaks Daily COVID-19 Record 3 Times In A Week

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Greene County set three record-breaking days in a row last week for the highest daily count of new positive COVID-19 tests, according to data from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 

The highest point so far came Friday, August 28, with 209 confirmed cases. Two days earlier, a record had been set on Wednesday with 109 cases, followed by 143 new cases on Thursday.

Saturday's tally dropped back down to 89 new positive cases, according to the dashboard.

Public health officials said last week it was expected that cases would rise with area colleges open for the fall semester and K-12 schools also open.

As of Sunday, the health department's dashboard showed a one out of 10 on the public health capability score.   That gauges the community's ability to contact trace and to respond to more cases.   Sunday evening's dahsboard also showed a 34% increase in cases over the previous seven days in Greene County.