Missouri records 2nd case of COVID-19, Illinois bans large gatherings for 30 days

Missouri's second case, in Greene County, is a presumptive positive that's been sent to the CDC

Alex Degman
March 12, 2020 - 7:55 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. / CHICAGO (KMOX/AP) -- Missouri officials say the state has a second case of the novel coronavirus.

Gov. Mike Parson announced that the patient is in the early 20s and had recently traveled to Austria. The patient submitted to a test on Thursday and was found to be positive for COVID-19. Parson said the patient is quarantined at home and is expected to recover.

"I know there is a growing concern across the state and the nation right now," Parson told reporters. "But I want to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to protect the people of this state."

He said cases of patients with the virus are travel-related.

73 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Missouri as of 6:00 Thursday evening, 71 have tested negative. The first positive case, a St. Louis County woman, was confirmed by the CDC a few days after her results came back presumptively positive.

Meantime Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the owners of all the state's major sports teams' owners to cancel games or play without fans until May 1.

Pritzker said during a news conference that he also is mandating events of 1,000 or more people be canceled or postponed immediately and requested that events of 250 people be canceled or postponed as well.

Pritzker said he is not ordering schools to close "but we are monitoring the situation on a day to day basis.''

Pritzker also says he is asking every private business that is able to have employees work remotely to consider doing so immediately. Pritzker says the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has grown to 32, including seven just announced Thursday. Some of the earlier reported cases have already recovered.

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