Governor confirms 6th case of coronavirus in Missouri

‪Missouri has tested 170 people for COVID-19 and 164 of those cases were negative.

Sam Masterson
March 16, 2020 - 10:31 am
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(KMOX/AP) - A sixth positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Missouri, according to Gov. Mike Parson. He says the patient is from Greene County.

The newest case announced on Monday morning is the third to come from Greene County, which is southwest Missouri and includes the city of Springfield. 

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The other three cases in Missouri include two from St. Louis County, one in Henry County, which is on the west side of the state.

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‪Missouri has tested 170 people for COVID-19 and 164 of those cases were negative‬, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched a page on its website that lists the state's current number of coronavirus tests and tracks the negative and positive results.

The drive-through COVID-19 test site at Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield began on Saturday and Mercy spokesman Joe Poelker says they tested 83 people over the weekend. 

On Sunday, Parson strongly encouraged the cancellation or suspension of public events with more than 50 people.

Parson's announcement followed federal health officials' recommendations that those events be halted in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Kansas City and St. Louis area officials said they were banning such events for eight weeks.

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