SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Another one-day record of coronavirus infections in Greene County. The 95 new positive test results returned Tuesday. That brings the county’s total case count to more than 1,700.
Tuesday’s number of new positive tests was the highest in a day since Springfield executed the masking decree nearly four weeks ago. The health ministry said they were not surprised. They are still investigating to find trends with the latest cases, but still believe that masking is working.
“It is never a straight line. We̵7;d love to see a straight line where the cases just go away but unfortunately that’s not how it works, ”said Kathryn Wall, of the Springfield-Greene County Department of Health.
Although the number of cases has increased, a masking can still limit the spread of coronavirus, Wall said.
“We know it’s awkward and uncomfortable, but we know it’s something that is working and working,” she said.
However, Wall said, just masking is not enough. Remember to be about 6 meters apart, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick.
“It’s not a silver bullet, it’s not something that cares about COVID. We would love it if that’s the case, but there are other precautions we all need to take seriously, ”she said.
Drury University’s David Hinson said masks have been required on campus since the beginning of the summer, long before Springfield was on duty. That won’t change when classes start later this month.
“If you are in a classroom, if you are in an academic building, a mask is required. In a dormitory, if you cannot be six feet tall, physically far away, you need to wear a mask in your dorm, ”said Hinson.
There is a kind of veil that Drury won’t accept. A recent study from Duke University found that “cleft palate” can be worse than not wearing a mask.
“The mask is made of an elastic material that breaks down particles into smaller pieces and stays in the air longer. So it actually increases the probability of illness, ”he said.
One study, Wall said, was not enough for the health department to change its guidelines, but supported Springfield colleges to take any possible precautions to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus on campus.
“You can feel confident knowing all of the people in this organization are there to keep their students as healthy and safe as possible,” she said.
College students from all over the country will arrive in Springfield in the next few weeks, but Wall said the health department has been working closely with every university to plan re-enrollment.
Health officials will hold a virtual briefing meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday to discuss how to stop coronavirus on the regional campus this fall. That will be live streamed on KY3’s Facebook page.
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