SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported 527 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, one of the largest weekly jumps since the pandemic started.
The 527 cases include 504 laboratory confirmed cases and 23 probable cases that are either epi-linked or positive antibody tests.
On Sunday, July 5, the health department reported a total of 360 cases. A week later, the health department reports a total of 527 cases. This marks a weekly jump of 167 cases.
The new weekly total accounts for more than a quarter of the county̵
Greene County reported nine deaths, 261 active cases and 257 recoveries on Sunday. The health agency reports that more than 24,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Greene County this year.
On Friday, Katie Towns, a deputy director of the Department of Health, said 636 people were being monitored and quarantined for possible exposure to COVID-19.
With the increasing number of infected and monitored people, Greene said that Greene County could fully utilize its public health capacity.
“If we reach this capacity mark, we will not be able to contact positive cases within this 24 hour period, and we will not be able to get in close contact with them within this 24 hour period and put them in a quarantine process.” Cities said Friday during a briefing.
The health department announced possible exposures from six new cases on Sunday.
The city of Springfield, the most populous city in Greene County, will consider a masking order in response to the pandemic at a council meeting on Monday evening. If passed, it could enter into force on Wednesday, July 16.
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