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COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Greene County


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Friday they've confirmed a case of COVID-19 associated with a variant of the coronavirus. The health department was notified by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services that the resident tested positive for the U.K. variant B.1.1.7 of Sars-coV-2.

The individual tested positive at the beginning of March, according to the health department, and their sample was randomly selected by the Center for Disease Control as part of their genomic surveillance program.  That person had not traveled domestically or internationally.

The B.1.1.7 variant is classified as a variant of concern by the CDC, a news release states.  It's up to 50 percent more transmissable, and there's evidence of more severe disease. 

Recommended strategies to protect against the variant are wearing masks, watching distances, washing hands and getting vaccinated.  Multiple studies have shown that the vaccines currently available are proven effective against the B.1.1.7 variant.

To find out where to get a vaccine, visit  A mass vaccination event will be held at Hammons Student Center on the Missouri State University campus April 8-9.  For more information, visit or call 417-874-1211.



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.