St. Louis homeless man who tested positive for COVID-19 then left hospital has been found

The man is being quarantined, according to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's office.

Kevin Killeen
March 30, 2020 - 2:18 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. - A homeless man who tested positive for COVID-19 and walked away from a hospital in St. Louis has been found and is in quarantine. 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's office tells KMOX he was located late Monday afternoon while walking down the street near Grand and St. Louis Avenues. He's been admitted in a hotel in St. Louis County that has been contracted by the government where people are being quarantined in individual rooms. 

A spokesman for the County says the man is "fine" and not symptomatic enough to be hospitalized.

Director of Human Services Valerie Russell sent an urgent email on Monday to warn homeless shelters in the area about the man by giving out his name and date of birth. The letter says, in part, "The health department received a report that an unhoused individual tested positive for COVID-19 and has left the hospital against medical advice." 

His whereabouts were unknown at the time that email was sent.

Shelters were being asked to take everyone's temperature before letting them in and shelter staff is advised to wear medical protective gear.

 

The letter sent to shelters did not tell them what to do if they had encountered the man.

Russell also says she is unsure if he has ever stayed at a local shelter.

In Missouri, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state exceeded 1,000 and the death toll reached 13 as of Monday afternoon. 

A third St. Louis-area police officer tested positive for the coronavirus and was in isolation.

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The St. Louis County police said affected work areas and vehicles have been thoroughly cleaned and they don’t know of any other cases associated with the officers.

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