A Boone County resident has become the first person confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in the Missouri. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece made the announcement alongside Governor Mike Parson at the Capitol this afternoon.
Treece said the patient’s family called emergency services early this morning, and emergency responders then transported the person to University Hospital, where the patient later died.
The six emergency responders who transported the patient were then isolated at the hospital for testing. Treece says they are currently being quarantined in Boone County.
The patient was in their 60s, and had recently traveled internationally, according to the announcement Treece made in a press conference last night.