As of yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 746,625 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 39,083 deaths. Government and health departments in southwest Missouri are announcing cases as they are confirmed.
• Greene County: 92 cases, 8 deaths
• Christian County: 19 cases
• Dallas County: 2 cases
• Polk County, 1 case
• Taney County: 9 cases, 1 death
• Stone County: 3 cases
• Webster County: 10 cases
Source: County health departments and Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
The city of Springfield and Greene County this morning announced a "half step" toward reopening the community amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"This half step will allow for some additional business activity without fully opening consumer traffic," said Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard, during a livestreamed news conference.
Mayor Ken McClure said the plan, effective immediately, allows nonessential businesses to resume operations on a limited basis, specifically curbside pickup and delivery.
The first phase of reopening, he said, will be active until May 4. The city and county have extended the local stay-at-home order until then, the same day that the state's edict is scheduled to end. The local stay-at-home order previously was scheduled to last through April 24.
Springfield Planning and Development Director Mary Lilly Smith said nonessential businesses impacted include florists, clothing stores, and vape and cigarette shops.
"We are beginning the recovery. It starts today," McClure said. "This will be a gradual economic recovery plan.
"The worst thing we could do right now is to totally open up."
Previously, only companies deemed as essential were allowed to conduct business under the city and county's coronavirus restrictions. Essential businesses include health care, grocery, pharmacy, construction and financial institutions. Springfield Business Journal previously reported confusion among business owners who have been unsure whether to close amid the city-county and state orders.
Hybrid coffeehouse and plant shop Urban Grounds launched in Ozark; the Missouri Job Center relocated; and Closet Chic LLC opened a brick-and-mortar shop.