About 20 cases being monitored, but no confirmed coronavirus infections in St. Louis region says health director

Watch the update from St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and health director Dr. Frederick Echols from Friday morning.

Sam Masterson
February 28, 2020 - 9:44 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the St. Louis region, but about 20 people in the area have been or are being monitored for possible exposure to the virus. 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Heath Director Dr. Frederick Echols made a statement Friday morning about how they're being proactive to avoid an outbreak in the region. 

Echols says the state notifies local authorities when someone has returned from areas where the virus is active and needs to be monitored.

"All were being monitored and some have complete their 14-day period without any development of any symptoms and so some of them have completed their monitoring period," Echols says.

Echols says the patient who has been tested in Belleville was one of those 20.

He says health officials are in constant contact with those being monitored.

You can watch the full press conference from Krewson, here: 

In Illinois, there have been two positive cases of coronavirus in the Chicago area and on Wednesday a person being treated at Belleville Memorial Hospital was referred to the state level for coronavirus testing. We're expected to learn the results of that test with in the next few days. 

Related: Belleville hospital remains open after patient referred for further coronavirus testing

Missouri health officials told KMOX they are keeping tabs on several dozen people in the state who may have been exposed to the coronavirus or traveled to places that put them at risk of exposure. But so far, no one in Missouri has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

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