SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports an increase in COVID-19 cases in the very first week of July.
Health leaders report 139 new cases of the virus in the recently. That is more than one-fourth of overall cases considering that the pandemic started. Total cases sit at 493 (2 p.m. Friday).
Katie Towns, assistant director with the health department, said they are reaching a high level of people who are ill and those who are being kept an eye on as prospective cases. If that level is reached, leaders feel they will lose control over the infection.
” We will be falling behind and that leaves us susceptible to the disease spreading more and more,” Towns said. “Clay pointed out formerly that this health problem is spread by benefiting from our vulnerabilities, both personal and structural. Our vulnerabilities as a community are, again, our own individual actions.”
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Towns stated 636 people are presently being kept track of and told to quarantine due to the fact that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus. With the increased variety of individuals infected and people being kept track of, Towns stated Greene County might max out on its public health capacity.
” Hitting that capacity mark suggests we will not be able to contact favorable cases within that 24 hour period and we will not be able to get to their close contacts and put them in a quarantine sort of procedure within that 24 hour period as well,” Towns stated.
Clients with COVID-19 hospitalized in Springfield increased to 37 Friday. Cox and Mercy are both reporting their highest variety of patients hospitalized from the infection. Cox has 17 patients and Mercy has 20. The health department stated of the 37 overall clients, only 4 of them are Greene County locals.
The hospitals say they are also seeing more youthful individuals getting ill compared to the early days of the infection.
Health leaders say 23% of recent cases are the outcome of events. Another 21% is from neighborhood spread, suggesting they cant determine the exact point of exposure.
” These arent individuals heading out and taking part in high risk activities,” Towns said. “These are individuals who go to the grocery store, or perhaps an uncommon supper out and otherwise, they stay home.”
The health department stated nearly 11% of the brand-new cases were exposed from two or more sources. Leaders attribute this to people going to several occasions where they mightve been infected.
The health department wants to include 37 new positions to try to gain back control over the outbreak. City Council will also vote on funding that the health department has requested.
Health leaders report 139 brand-new cases of the virus in the last week.” We will be falling behind and that leaves us susceptible to the illness spreading more and more,” Towns stated. The health department said of the 37 overall clients, only 4 of them are Greene County citizens.
The health department desires to include 37 new positions to try to regain control over the break out. City Council will likewise vote on financing that the health department has requested.