2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in St. Louis County
ST. LOUIS COUNTY — A second person in St. Louis County has tested “presumptive positive” for COVID-19, county health officials confirmed Friday evening.
The patient is a St. Louis County resident between the age of 50 and 60 years old. They recently traveled within the U.S., officials confirmed.
This second case in the county is not related to the first case, the health department said. They have not released any further details.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will directly contact anyone who the patient said they’ve been in close contact with and might be at risk of exposure.
This case is one of the two new “presumptive positive” cases Missouri Gov. Mike Parson confirmed during a news conference Friday evening. This brings the state’s total of “presumed positive” or confirmed positive cases to four.
The cases are called “presumed positive” because the tests were not FDA approved, but the results are being treated as a positive result. The test was processed at a health lab in Missouri, which received CDC approval to run COVID-19 tests. However, the CDC must certify the results at its labs before declaring a patient has tested positive.
Missouri’s first case has been confirmed by the CDC.
That case also involves a St. Louis County resident. The woman in her 20s was studying abroad in Italy and recently returned home due to the outbreak of coronavirus in that country. The woman is under quarantine at her home in Ladue with her parents and sister.
5 On Your Side confirmed Friday with the family’s lawyer that the woman’s father tested negative for COVID-19. No other information about the woman’s other family members has been released.
On Thursday, Gov. Parson confirmed a patient in Springfield tested positive after recently traveling to Austria. That person is in their 20s and is in quarantine at home. They are expected to recover.
No information has been released about Missouri’s fourth COVID-19 patient.
This story will be updated when more information is confirmed.