20-Year-Old St. Louis Woman Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Studying Abroad in Italy – First Case in Missouri

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

20-Year-Old St. Louis Woman Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Studying Abroad in Italy – First Case in Missouri

A twenty-year-old St. Louis woman tested positive for coronavirus after returning to the United States from Italy.

The woman was sent home to self-quarantine.

This was Missouri’s first confirmed coronavirus patient.

FOX 2 reported:

Saturday evening the State of Missouri reported its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. Governor Mike Parson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page held a press conference in the County Executive’s office in Clayton to inform the public about the case.

Governor Parson said a young woman who had been studying abroad in Italy is Missouri’s first coronavirus case.

The woman in her 20’s is self-quarantined along with her parents at their home in St. Louis County.

The young woman was seen and tested at a Mercy hospital. Hospital authorities said they immediately took the young woman to a separate area called a negative pressure room where they were prepared for testing. The hospital official said the woman did not need hospitalization and said the hospital is safe for anyone who needs to go there.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said this is not a time to panic and urged everyone to practice good hygiene with hand washing.