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

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.

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.

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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