Springfield-Greene County Health Department still encouraging masking, Drury bans neck gaiters – KY3

“We understand that its uneasy and uncomfortable, however we understand its something thats working and is efficient,” she stated.
Nevertheless, Wall said, masking alone is not enough. Remember to stay six-feet apart, clean your hands frequently and stay home if youre sick.
“Its not the silver bullet, it is not the one thing that looks after COVID. We would love if that were the case, however there are those other prevention procedures that we all need to take seriously,” she stated.
Drury Universitys David Hinson stated masks have been required on campus given that early summer, long prior to Springfield ever carried out a mandate. That will not change when classes start later on this month.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Another one-day record for coronavirus cases in Greene County. That sends the countys overall case number to more than 1,700.
The number of brand-new favorable tests Tuesday is the greatest one-day case count given that Springfield implemented a mask regulation almost four weeks back. The health department said theyre sadly not shocked. Theyre still investigating to discover trends with the latest cases, however still think masking is working.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Another one-day record for coronavirus cases in Greene County. 95 brand-new favorable test results returned Tuesday. That sends out the countys total case number to more than 1,700.
The variety of new favorable tests Tuesday is the greatest one-day case count considering that Springfield implemented a mask ordinance almost 4 weeks back. The health department said theyre sadly not amazed. Theyre still examining to discover trends with the most current cases, however still think masking is working.
“Its never ever a straight line. We would enjoy to see a straight line where the cases just drop off however that regrettably isnt how it works,” stated Kathryn Wall, with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
Wall said, despite the fact that the case count is up, masking can still restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

“If you are in a class, if you are in a scholastic building, masks are needed. In the dormitories, if you are not able to have 6 feet, physical distancing, you need to wear a mask in your dorms,” Hinson said.
Theres one kind of face covering Drury will not accept. A recent study from Duke University states the “neck gaiter” may be even worse than using no mask at all.
“The masks are made of elastic product that breaks the particles into smaller pieces that remain airborne longer. It really increases the probability of disease,” he said.
Wall stated the one study is insufficient for the health department to change its standards, however does support Springfield colleges taking every precaution possible to prevent coronavirus break outs on school.

“You can feel a great deal of self-confidence in knowing all the folks in this mix are there to keep their students as healthy and as safe as possible,” she stated.
University student from all over the country will to Springfield in the next few weeks, but Wall said the health department has been working closely with every university to make re-entry plans.
Health authorities will hold a virtual briefing Thursday at 10 a.m. to talk about how to avoid coronavirus on area campuses this fall. That will be live streamed on the KY3 Facebook page.
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