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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Slightly Up In Greene County


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding residents that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. 

The county has seen a slight increase in hospitalizations, according to a news release.  Public health officials say the Springfield won’t move into the green phase on the road to recovery, which would lift all restrictions, unless the number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals trends downward and the vaccination rate climbs to 50 percent.  As of Friday, the county’s vaccination rate was nearly 30 percent. There were 34 COVID-19 patients in Springfield hospitals, and the county was seeing 18.43 daily cases on a seven-day rolling average. 

A move into the green phase requires fewer than 20 COVID-19 patients in Greene County hospitals for at least 20 days.

You can complete the registration process for a COVID-19 vaccine at

View a list of vaccine events at 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.