End of COVID-19 public health emergency means change for Springfield, Greene County

The federal government expects the COVID-19 public health emergency to end on May 11th. In anticipation of this, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is making changes to his COVID-19 resources and services.

Federal reimbursements for COVID-19 testing will end once your emergency status expires. Starting Friday, May 12, the Department of Health will no longer offer tests for the novel coronavirus. The health department’s inspection map and online scheduling system will also be offline.

COVID-19 call centers operated by the Department of Health will also be closed on Friday, May 12. If you have any questions about all COVID-19 related topics and services, Springfield-Greene County Health Department website or that special vaccine 417 website.

Finally, due to changes in how we collect and report COVID-19 data, the health department will stop updating the data. COVID-19 DashboardThe latest number of cases and other COVID-19 data are available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker.

The health department recommends contacting your doctor or another healthcare provider if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and need to be tested. Home test kits are also available at most pharmacies and drug stores.

Springfield-Greene County Health will continue to provide free COVID-19 vaccines as long as supplies remain available. The health department expects to be able to offer limited vaccination opportunities over the summer. For more information on vaccination opportunities, visit vaccine 417 website.

“Members of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to thank the community for their continued interest in reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said the press release. “Although he is now free of PHE, we recommend that he continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, stay home during the illness, and get tested and treated as needed. increase.”

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Lead Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen and voice actor for the daily newsletter SGF AM. In his 20 years, he has covered Southwest Missouri sports from young athletes to professionals. A Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus, he is excited to do journalism in the Queen City and help connect the community with important information. Every day he and his wife Jamie try to pitch a tent at the circus, a mixed family of five children and his three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger

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