Missouri health leaders confirm "presumed positive" COVID-19 case in Greene County
Missouri's governor and health leaders confirmed Thursday night the state's second "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19 is from Greene County.
During a news conference at the Busch Municipal Building in Springfield, Gov. Mike Parson announced the patient is a Springfield resident in their 20s. She just returned to Springfield after visiting Austria. Parson did not further identify the patient.
The woman went to a CoxHealth clinic not connected to a hospital. Dr. Robert Trotman with CoxHealth said the patient called ahead and showed up to an empty waiting room at the clinic.
Staff put a mask on the patient immediately, per Cox's prepared strategy, and performed "appropriate testing." The specimens are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing.
Trotman said the woman is expected to make an "uneventful recovery." She is currently in quarantine at home.
Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard said he learned of the test results around 3 p.m. Thursday. Goddard says the health department is notifying anyone who may have come in contact with the patient.
"We knew this was coming and we are taking every precaution we can," Parson said. "We are actively taking steps to protect those under the state's care."
The state has tested 73 patients for COVID-19. So far, it has one presumptive and one confirmed case. Missouri saw its first confirmed case last week near St. Louis.
Parson is not declaring a state of emergency in Missouri at this time.
"My administration will continue to evaluate the situation and all options to provide the resources that are needed to be on the table," Parson said.
Parson stressed Missouri is "well equipped" to handle the coronavirus outbreak, but added everyone needs to use common sense to protect themselves and others.
"At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own actions," Parson said.
Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said his city has been bold in preparing for such an outbreak.
"We have the right experts at the table to help us chart our course forward," McClure said. "I have every confidence in how Springfield will face this challenge."