SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County health department reported 527 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, after one of the largest weekly case jumps since the start of the pandemic.
The 527 cases include 504 laboratory confirmed cases and 23 probable cases, which are either linked to episodes or to positive antibody tests.
On Sunday July 5, the health service reported a total of 360 cases. A week later, the health service reported a total of 527 cases. This represents a weekly jump of 167 cases.
The new weekly total represents more than a quarter of the total number of cases in the county, almost 31% of the total number, since the start of the pandemic.
Greene County reported nine deaths, 261 active cases and 257 recoveries on Sunday. The health department claims that more than 24,000 COVID-19 tests were performed in Greene County this year.
Katie Towns, deputy director of the health department, said Friday that 636 people were being monitored and quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19.
With the number of people infected and under surveillance increasing, Towns said Greene County could maximize its public health capacity.
“Achieving this mark of capability means that we will not be able to contact positive cases during this 24 hour period and that we will not be able to contact their close contacts and place them in some sort of process. quarantine during this 24-hour period also, “Cities said during a briefing on Friday.
The health department announced on Sunday possible exposures to six new cases.
The town of Springfield, the most populous town in Greene County, will consider a masking order in response to the pandemic at a city council meeting Monday evening. If passed, it could take effect on Wednesday July 16.
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