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Holiday weekend may bring more virus safety backsliding

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Holiday weekend may bring more virus safety backsliding

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– With the easing of restrictions, this Memorial Day weekend we’ll see a lot of people back-out in public and health officials are encouraging everyone to continue practicing the safeguards we’ve been taught. "Obviously with less restriction comes more responsibility," said Springfield Mayor Ken McClure when addressing the need for the public to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

"Our community is shifting from a phase with mandated restrictions and limitations to a phase that calls on all of us to exercise our own personal responsibility," said Springfield-Greene Co. Health Director Clay Goddard. "Each of us has to be thinking of the good of ourselves, our families and our communities. We’re going to have to say no to some of the things we want to do. We don’t want to move backwards and I’m calling on everyone to take this seriously."

The importance of following through with safety measures is evident
in a study by Columbia University that shows if the U.S. had begun imposing social distancing measures just ONE-week earlier than it did in March, 36,000 fewer people would have died. TWO weeks earlier would have saved 54,000 lives which was about 83% of our nation’s total deaths at that point.

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CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards is concerned that the public is backsliding away from what’s been working to keep the virus from spreading.

"There’s three things proven effective," he pointed out. "Hygiene, physical distancing and wearing a mask. In our community I’m really, really worried because this isn’t a civil rights issue, this isn’t about patriotism or political party, this is about being smart. And our community is not being […]

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