First death from COVID-19 announced in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOX) - The state of Missouri has its first death caused by the coronavirus. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson City. 

The patient, from Boone County, contracted the virus while traveling recently and tested positive on Tuesday in the Columbia. Treece says the patient died Wednesday morning. "Emergency responders were operating under the pandemic disease operations plan, they wore the proper personal protective equipment, PPE, before entering the home and making contact with the patient," Treece told reporters. "The patient was transported to University Hospital at MU Healthcare."

You can watch the announcement from Parson and Treece, here: 

There have been more than a dozen total cases of COVID-19 reported in Boone, Cass, Cole, Greene, Henry, Jackson and St. Louis counties, as well as two cases in the city of St. Louis.

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