Missouri has experienced its first death from the coronavirus. Gov. Mike Parson announced on Wednesday that the death happened in Boone County; he didn’t immediately provide any details about the person.
Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related.
Treece said that the person’s family had placed a 911 call Wednesday morning, and that the person was transported to University Hospital in Columbia. The patient died there.
Six emergency responders who were involved in the case are being quarantined in Boone County, he said.
“This is serious,” said Dr. Stevan Whitt, chief medical officer of MU Health Care. “This is reinforcement that COVID-19 is really here, and we really need to do our part in taking care of our sick and needy people.”