Two people, one in Boone County and one in Cole County, have tested positive for COVID-19, making them the first confirmed cases of the virus in mid-Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
The individual who tested positive in Boone County is in their 60s and is currently self-isolating at home, according to MU Health Care, where the patient has been treated. The case — one of 16 known in Missouri as of Tuesday night — is related to travel from another country.
Those who have been in contact with the patient have been notified, said Stephanie Browning, public health and human services director for Columbia and Boone County.
An order from Browning on Tuesday placed restrictions on gatherings in Columbia, including at bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms and facilities with groups of high-risk individuals.
All these will be limited to 50 people or half capacity, whichever number is less. Restaurants can continue serving drive-thru customers their to-go and delivery items.
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