Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard told the Springfield City Council the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county has passed the 2,000 mark.
Goddard said that as of Tuesday morning, the county has a total of 2,078 cases of COVID-19, with 60 more new cases added to the total today.
The county is monitoring a total of 965 active cases.
“We continue to see a lot of challenges in institutional settings like the jail and long term care facilities,” Goddard told Council.
Goddard said there was a record number of 87 cases admitted into Cox and Mercy hospitals, with 28 of those admissions Greene County residents, and 14 cases on ventilators.
The Health Department director said that people need to acclimate to a “new normal” that involves the “three Ws”:
- Wash your hands
- Wear your mask
- Watch your distance
Under questioning, Goddard said that the company contracted to handle contact tracing for the department will come on line Friday.
Mayor Ken McClure asked Goddard about the impact surrounding communities that do not mask are having on the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s a fair statement to say that Springfield cannot deal with [COVID-19] alone,” McClure.
Goddard agreed that the surrounding counties would have an impact on Greene County and Springfield because of the continual uninterrupted travel between nearby towns and counties.
He noted that staff made 110 case contacts on Monday and that that his staff is making an incredible effort.
“We’re continuing to fight every day as hard as we can,” Goddard said.