The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says there have been eight new cases of COVID-19 since Friday.

Health director Clay Goddard is warning people to avoid travel because six of those cares are travel related.

Goddard says one case was traced back to another positive case in a local county.

Health officials are still trying to track down where the last patient got sick.

One of the patients may have exposed the public.

Goddard says the patient went to the Walmart on East Kearney on May 11 and the Dollar General at H Highway and I-44 on May 14.

Spokeswoman Cora Scott says Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will announce a Phase Two order Wednesday that will loosen some of the restrictions in the Road to Recovery Order.

That order remains in effect through the end of May.

You can find out more about the pandemic through the dashboard on the health department’s website.

Here’s more from the health department:

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is updating the public on the potential exposure time of a COVID-19 positive individual mentioned in this morning’s news briefing.

Archived video of this announcement, along with updates on the department’s revamped case dashboard and new cases from the weekend, as well as past COVID-19 news, is available at: https://cityview.springfieldmo.gov/

Prior to being diagnosed, one of our recent positive cases visited the Walmart at 1923 E Kearney St. on Monday, May 11 between 11 am and 3 pm for about one hour.

Our same case visited the Dollar General at 3550 N State Hwy. H on Thursday, May 14 around 12:30 p.m. The individual was symptomatic while visiting both locations.

As we take steps to reopen our community, it is even more important for all of us to interact with our environment carefully. If we do get sick, we should stay home.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another.

Anyone who was at this location on this date is at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • cough,
  • fever,
  • shortness of breath,
  • chills,
  • muscle pain,
  • sore throat
  • and new loss of taste or smell.

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention.

If you are sick, you can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness. Links are available at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus, email coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov, or call 417-874-1211.