COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Boone County, the city of Columbia said in a news release Thursday.
The new cases bring the total in Boone County to three, with one death. The new cases were people in their 60s and 70s who contracted the virus through out-of-state contact with another person who was positive for COVID-19, officials said.
One of those patients was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday and died the next day.
A patient at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19, the hospital said. It wasn't immediately clear if this positive was one of the two identified in the city's release.
Staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital said on Facebook on Thursday that a veteran came to the hospital with "respiratory symptoms." The hospital tested the patient for COVID-19, and received the positive result back late Wednesday.
The post did not specify any information about the patient, such as age, sex or admission date to the hospital. The post said that hospital staff is using personal protective equipment while treating the patient.
"The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low at this time," the post said. "Truman VA continues to screen Veterans and staff who present with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath who meet the CDC criteria for evaluation of COVID-19 infection. Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others."
The post did not say whether the patient was a Boone County resident or lives elsewhere.