Live Updates: Coronavirus in the Ozarks

KSMU is dedicated to broadcasting critically important information as our community experiences the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, you'll find our ongoing coverage.  But first, these local resources:

If you are sick in the Ozarks region and suspect you may have COVID-19, call your doctor or health care provider first. Use "telemedicine," also known as Virtual Visits, to seek medical treatment so you don't expose others to illness.  Here's a link to CoxHealth Virtual Visits and here's the link to virtual visits through MyMercy.

And you can click here for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department's special page on COVID-19.

For the latest information and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), click here.

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has set up a coronavirus hotline; residents and medical providers  can call 877-435-8411. And if you'd like to share how the pandemic is affecting you, email us at See our ongoing local coverage below.


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says an error with its database resulted in an incorrect report of the number of cases in 24 hours on Saturday. According to MO DHSS, the database suggested Saturday that 5,020 cases had been added since Friday. “When this issue was initially raised Saturday morning, the dashboard team began working through the data to identify the problem and are working through the weekend to correct the underlying issue,” said Dr.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday to more than double the previous single-day record. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said there have been a total of 144,230 confirmed cases since the outbreak started, up 5,066 cases from Friday. The previous single day high of 2,084 new cases was set on July 30. Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking an explanation for the large increase.

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The president and CEO of Burrell Behavioral Health wants you to know that if you’re experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis, there is help available.

CJ Davis said at a press briefing Thursday that Burrell has a crisis line available 24/7.  That number is 800-494-7355 for people who live in southwest Missouri and 800-395-2132 for those who live in central Missouri.

Burrell also has a crisis center that’s open 24 hours a day at 800 S. Park. 

City of Springfield

One day after the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced 12 people had died of COVID-19, it confirmed 11 more deaths from the illness on Wednesday.

According to the health department, the latest deaths are a man in his 60s, three women in their 70s, four men in their 80s, a man and a woman in their 90s and a woman over 100.

Thirty-five Greene County residents have died of COVID-19 in October, and there’s been a total of 112 deaths.

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The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education is considering making changes to the current school schedule as the end of the first quarter nears. 

Any adjustments would be made after consulting with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, according to SPS officials in a statement.

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up at least two routine activities for kids: school and visits to the doctor. But soon, kids in Newton County will be able to do both at once.

Newton County commissioners are putting CARES Act federal funding toward an initiative by Freeman Neosho Hospital to use telemedicine in all five of the county’s school districts. 

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Twelve more Greene County residents are dead because of COVID-19.  Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, announced at a media briefing Tuesday morning that the nursing home residents all died in the past 24 hours. 

Twenty-four Greene County residents have died of COVID-19 in the first six days of October, and there have been 101 deaths since the pandemic started. 

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Springfield’s face covering requirement is now in place through January 9th.  Springfield City Council voted to extend the mandate for anyone over age 11 at its meeting Monday night.  There are some exemptions to the rule.  City Council initially approved a mask ordinance in July.

City of Springfield

Update: The health department said the latest deaths were a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s, three men in their 70s and a man in his 90s.

Original story: There have been six more deaths from COVID-19 in Greene County, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Dashboard Friday morning.  No details have been released.


Greene County has lost another resident to COVID-19.  The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a man in his 50s.

There have been 47 deaths due to COVID-19 in Greene County this month and 77 overall.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 6,960 cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, and 2,617 of them were active.

There were 146 people hospitalized with the illness in Springfield, and 27 of them were in the ICU.

The governor and his wife were planning to host a fall festival this weekend at the governor’s mansion.  It would have been at the tail end of isolation for Governor Mike Parson, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.  But Tuesday, Parson and his wife, Teresa, who also tested positive last week, announced they’re postponing the third annual Parson Family Fall Festival.

According to the governor’s office, Teresa Parson is no longer experiencing symptoms but has decided to remain at the Parson’s home in Bolivar “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Parents are likely wondering:  How can I give my children a safe Halloween this year in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has issued guidelines to help organizations, neighborhoods and families navigate the challenges of celebrating the holiday this year.


Three more people have died of COVID-19 in Greene County, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Dashboard

The latest deaths were a man in his 80s and two women in their 80s who were residents of long-term care facilities.

Forty-six people have died in Greene County this month from COVID-19.  There have been 76 deaths in the county since the pandemic started.  

City of Springfield

Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, is reminding everyone to social distance, wear a face covering, wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.  And he urges those who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine for the recommended number of days.


The Foster Recreation Center is Missouri State University’s largest gym and has been open to students for eight years. It’s also open now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. KSMU asked what the rec center is doing to prevent users from contracting the coronavirus.


The gym is usually considered a place to go to get healthy, if we’re to believe the promotional pictures of rippling biceps and toned abs. But now, a gym visit can put people in danger of contracting COVID-19.