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Third local coronavirus case confirmed

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department this morning announced the third confirmed case of the coronavirus in Greene County.

The second case was confirmed March 14 and the first was made public on March 12.

In the release this morning, Health Department officials said it’s no longer required for the tests to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The first case was dubbed “presumptive positive,” pending word from the CDC. It’s since been confirmed.

The release does not name the third individual who tested positive, only saying they traveled domestically. On March 14, a news release only identified the second person to test positive locally as a traveler.

Gov. Mike Parson visited Springfield last week to announce the first case, which he said was travel-related and involved a person in their 20s who had been in Austria, according to past reporting.

“I know there is a growing concern across the state and the nation right now,” Parson said at March 12 news conference. “But I want to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to protect the people of this state.”

Parson since has declared a state of emergency and encouraged groups to follow CDC recommendations and postpone events of 50 or more people.

SBJ is providing coronavirus coverage for free so that all readers have access. It is our desire to keep the business community informed of the most important news and guidance on the outbreak. Complete COVID-19 coverage can be accessed here.

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