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First person tests positive for COVID-19 in Missouri

According to Gov. Parson, the case is travel-related and the woman had recently returned from Italy.

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis County woman in her 20s who recently traveled to Italy is the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Saturday night.

According to an internal email from Mercy Hospital St. Louis, the hospital was contacted Friday by the St. Louis County Health Department.

All proper protocols were followed and all protections were in place to eliminate any risk of exposure to co-workers or patients, the hospital said.

The woman is currently quarantined at home with her parents, who have not tested positive, Parson said.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has tested 26 people for coronavirus, with this being the first presumptive case. Three more tests are in progress.

“I am confident in the work of the Department of Health and Senior Services and the St. Louis County Public Health Department and know that they will do what they can to protect the health and safety of Missouri communities," Parson said.

In a news release, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., reiterated that President Donald Trump signed emergency funding legislation that will make resources immediately available to state and local health agencies.

Under the law, Missouri will receive at least $9.9 million to support response efforts, including additional test kits, protective equipment, and other necessary supplies, Blunt said.

Tracking The Patient

On Sunday, 5 On Your Side's Casey Nolen learned from a St. Louis County official that the woman who tested positive and is being treated traveled back to St. Louis via Amtrak.  

The Gateway Transportation Center and St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, issued the following statement on Sunday afternoon:  

Today, we learned that the presumptive-positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) patient from St. Louis County traveled via Amtrak through the Gateway Transportation Center in the City of St. Louis. We are glad to learn that the patient’s symptoms did not warrant hospitalization and she is recovering in quarantine at home with her family.

The Gateway Transportation Center is following guidelines to assure the cleanliness of our facility.

We encourage everyone—travelers and citizens alike—to be mindful and follow guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 spread, such as those posted by the City of St. Louis Department of Health: [https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/health/communicable-disease/covid-19/index.cfm]

Travelers who have questions about Amtrak service to/from St. Louis should contact 800-872-7245.  

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