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Second presumptive case of coronavirus discovered in city

ST. LOUIS – There is a second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

“With this case, there’s reason to believe there is community exposure,” the mayor wrote. “This individual continued to go to work in the city while exhibiting symptoms.”

There are not any detected signs of community transmission now, Krewson wrote. However, “This case underscores the importance of what our healthcare professionals have been telling us. If you have ANY cold or flu-like symptoms, don’t go to work & seek medical attention,” she tweeted.

The city Department of Health is taking steps to make sure the person is following self-quarantine protocols. The department also will try to contact people who may have had significant exposure to COVID-19, the coronavirus, through this person.   

The city and the city Department of Health learned about the case Tuesday night.

Jim Merkel Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit

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