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DHSS and the CDC are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in many locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

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COVID-19 Testing Reported to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

As of 2:00 p.m. CT, April 4

Approximate update: 2:00 p.m., April 5

As commercial testing capacities increase, the coordination of patient and associated contact investigations is paramount to preventing and mitigating the spread of the virus. While performing public health priority activities, including notifying the patient, raising awareness among our communities is valuable. We will provide data as it is available, verified and pertinent.

Cases in Missouri: 2,291

Deaths: 24

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Labs are required by the Missouri Code of State Regulations to immediately report positive COVID-19 test results. As commercial labs increase their capacity for testing, we will continue to receive results from them requiring immediate verification of patient data for each result. Prompt efforts to protect the public’s health depends on this verification. Patient data from commercial labs is preliminary and subject to change following initial public health involvement.

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