Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: The Cooper County Public Health Center says patron at the Isle of Capri Casino tests positive for COVID-19

Monday 23rd March 2020

COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community.

Live updates will become available for Sunday, March 22 below:

9:45 p.m.: The Cooper County Public Health Center says patron at the Isle of Capri Casino tests positive for COVID-19

According to the release, the Cooper County Public Health Center was notified that a patron of the Isle of Capri Casino has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual visited the gaming floor on March 17 for about two hours from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The release stated that the individual resides outside of Cooper County.

The release asks that members of the public that were visiting the Casino on March 17 and employees to follow basic CDC hygiene and contact you local health care provider if you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms.

9:18 p.m.: General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital announces changes beginning March 23

According to a release the following changes will begin Monday, March 23:

The main hospital and emergency room entrances are open 24/7 and the Primary Care Clinic is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

8:45 p.m.: COVID-19 confirmed cases rise to 106 in Missouri

According to the Missouri DHSS and the Missouri Health and Senior Services websites, there are 106 confirmed cases in the state and three deaths announced in Boone, Jackson and St. Louis counties.

County Exectutive Sam Page tweeted that another 38 people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 55.

He also reminded community members to follow the stay at home order that begins at 12:01 a.m.

6:40 p.m.: St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted 14 positive COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the city

Krewson's tweet states that 17 test results are currently pending and 82 people in the area are being monitored.

The Camden County Health Department stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services notified them of a positive COVID-19 case.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the first U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus, according to the Associated Press.

Paul announced the news in a tweet. He said he is asymptomatic and in quarantine, and not aware of any direct contact with an infected person.

11:35 a.m.: Case count in MO up to 90

In Missouri, 90 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Here's the breakdown by age, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Effective Monday, BJC HealthCare and Boone Hospital Center are suspending visitation within their facilities, according to hospital spokesperson Ben Cornelius.

Exceptions are possible in "extraordinary circumstances," with approval from the hospital leadership, he said.

Examples could include obstetric patients, nursery and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients, pediatric patients, patients at the end of life or patients with behavioral or developmental needs who require a caregiver for their safety.

Children younger than age 16 will not be allowed to visit except under "extraordinary circumstances,". No visitors with signs of acute illness, recent travel or recent contact with someone who has COVID-19 will be allowed.

The case was confirmed Saturday and involves an adult who wasn't in the military.

There are no immediate additional restrictions in place on the base, but they may be implemented in the future, according to a news release from base officials.

"This first confirmed case is a stark reminder that we must take this seriously," said Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander, in the news release.

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