Greene County health care facilities are restricting visitation amid concerns about a potential coronavirus outbreak. 

As of Monday morning, there remained no cases of COVID-19 in the Springfield area. But the first Missouri resident tested “presumptive positive” over the weekend in St. Louis County. 

Children ages 12 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be permitted to visit Greene County hospitals or other long-term care facilities until further notice. 

Others who feel sick and are not seeking medical care are asked to avoid visiting hospitals or other health care facilities for the protection of patients, hospital staff and the broader community, according to a health department news release. 

The restrictions are similar to those implemented during a tough flu season, officials said in a release. 

For people who have underlying health care conditions, virtual care options are available and are listed at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus, along with the latest COVID-19 information. 

You can also help prevent the spread of respiratory illness by: 

  • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • staying home while you are sick
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • following the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask by not using one if you are well and saving them for people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings. 

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As of noon Monday, more than 111,300 people had been sickened by the novel coronavirus worldwide, according to a map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks COVID-19 cases

More than 550 cases had been confirmed in the United States, including in Missouri’s neighboring states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky. 

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