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Health officials confirm 17 cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Children's Mercy Hospital officials tweeted Wednesday morning that a patient seen on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19. The Jackson County Health Department also confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases in Missouri to 17.

The tweet said the patient seen at the Kansas City hospital's emergency room is self-quarantined at home.

The county health officials confirmed the first and second cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County last night. Within 24 hours the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus doubled in the state.

The tweet said the man in his forties recently traveled internationally.

The first cases of novel coronavirus were also confirmed in Boone and Cole counties Tuesday.

State officials said there were 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri last night. Gov. Mike Parson is set to hold daily briefings on the state's response to the deadly virus.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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