The St. Charles County Department of Public Health was alerted to the county’s first positive test for the novel coronavirus early last week. The case is travel-related, according to a press release from the county, and the patient has been quarantined at home. Over the weekend, two more positive cases were reported.
“We have been monitoring individuals with symptoms and those who have traveled in areas where COVID-19 is prevalent,” said St. Charles County Public Health Director Demetrius Cianci-Chapman in a press release. “We are not surprised that there is a case in our community because of the spread of the virus around the globe. It is important for residents to keep this in perspective and to continue social distancing and good hand-washing practices to help us keep the spread at a minimum.”
St. Charles County Public Health and hospital officials stress that residents should not panic and not go to hospital emergency rooms. “If you have symptoms, you should either call the County’s hotline number, or call your health care provider,” Cianci-Chapman said. “A screening call is necessary to start the testing process.”
In St. Louis County, there are 55 positive cases.
In Missouri as a whole, 106 tests have returned positive, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and there have been three deaths related to the virus.
Statistics may have changed after press time.