Governor Parson announces second COVID-19 case in Missouri


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Governor Mike Parson announced the second “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19 in Missouri.

Parson along with, Mayor Ken McClure, Springfield – Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard, and area Medical Professionals, all spoke about the case.

What we know about the patient:

  • In their 20’s from Springfield
  • Recently traveled to Austria
  • Went to a CoxHealth clinic
  • The clinic was prepared, masked, and brought to a private room where testing performed
  • The “Presumptive positive” diagnose came from a Missouri lab
  • The test results were sent to the CDC for official confirmation
  • The patient was sent home and quarantined
  • Expected to recover

Health officials say they are working with the CDC and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to figure out where the patient traveled, who they were in contact with.

Once they figure that out, they will notify and monitor those people.

COVID-19 Missouri numbers:

  • 73 people tested
  • 71 tested negative
  • Both positives are travel-related cases
  • The state public health lab has the capacity to test 1000 specimens

Gov. Parson says so far there is no community person to person transmission in Missouri.

Due to the investigation process, health officials were not able to give any more information on the patient.

Randall Williams, the State of Missouri Health Department Director, says a “presumptive positive” case means the CDC has not confirmed it, even though it was done in the state lab.

The press conference started at 6 p.m. in the Busch Municipal Building.

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