(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) Missouri officials announced the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in the state on Saturday night.
Governor Mike Parson said a woman in her 20s from St. Louis County is presumed to have Coronavirus and is now in home isolation with her parents, who are also being quarantined at home.
The woman had been studying abroad in Italy and was tested at Mercy Hospital St. Louis when she returned home after developing a fever and respiratory symptoms.
Local health department officials are identifying close contacts to monitor symptoms and contain spread.
The Center for Disease Control still has to confirm the diagnosis.
“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,” Governor Mike Parson said.
Officials said a total of 26 people have been tested for COVID-19. Three additional tests remain in progress.
“We are committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information as we tackle COVID-19 head on," DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said. “We will continue to assist the St. Louis County Health Department, and our thoughts are certainly with this patient and family.”
While awaiting confirmation of any future test results from the CDC, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection.
“We understand that there is serious concern about this virus and the potential escalation surrounding positive cases in our community,” said Spring Schmidt, Co-Director of St. Louis County Department of Public Health. “Our Department, local public health and local public safety agencies are working closely with state and federal agencies to quickly identify and respond to cases that might occur. We can't stress the importance of taking protective measures enough.”