Woman home from Italy is first Missouri coronavirus case

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri officials say a St. Louis-area woman who recently traveled to Italy is the state’s first confirmed coronavirus case.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Saturday that the woman is in her 20’s and is at home with her parents.

He said she was returning home from Italy when she showed coronavirus symptoms.

She was tested at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and officials said it made sure that she was kept away from other patients.

Page said the woman and her parents have assured officials that they have not left their home other than to go to the hospital.

Blunt Statement on First Presumptive Positive Coronavirus Case in Missouri
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Missouri:

“While Missourians will understandably be concerned about today’s announcement, there is no need to panic. Governor Mike Parson and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page are well prepared to meet this public health challenge. Yesterday, the president 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. I will remain in touch with Governor Parson, Dr. Page, and local officials to ensure they have what they need to respond.”

Additional information on the coronavirus and how people can help protect themselves is available here:
www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus.