Health Department Director Clay Goddard Releases Public Message

Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard has released a public letter regarding COVID-19 and what is being done in our area.

Here the message in its entirety:

Our community leaders want to rally and support the health care system and health care workers and we’re actively in conversations with local and area county officials to map out this next step. In the meantime, each individual can continue to stay at home whenever possible.

The reality is that we are already under an order County-wide that closely mirrors the “shelter in place” measures that KC and StL passed on Saturday. Our City and County leaders are working right now to craft stricker orders that will provide direct guidance for the closure of additional non-essential businesses. This is thoughtful work that is a community effort. Together, we are collaborating to ensure essential services are still available to the community, while keeping people safe.

We need your help to make sure that everyone understands what all this means. In general, it means staying home and otherwise physically distancing.

It seems counter intuitive, but the way many of you can help is by doing nothing.

It is critical that we look at this regionally because our health care systems receive patients from a larger area. If not, we are putting fingers in a leaky dike. My advice is to stay at home, except to get groceries, health care, childcare, or other critical household essentials.

Our City and County leaders are currently working on a plan. Please support them and focus on pushing for more statewide approaches.

Clay Goddard, Health Director

Springfield City Council is scheduled to meet in a closed session Monday afternoon at 4 p.m..

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