Kansas veteran tests positive for coronavirus, VA hospital says

Researchers with the Emerging Infectious Disease branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, conduct studies in order to find a solution for the Coronavirus, March 3, 2020.


By KATIE BERNARD | The Kansas City Star | Published: March 18, 2020

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(Tribune News Service) — A Wyandotte County veteran tested positive for the novel coronavirus after visiting a Kansas City Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, the local VA medical center said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

According to the post, the veteran visited the clinic March 12 and was experiencing respiratory symptoms. Since then, the patient has been self-isolating and is doing well, VA officials said.

The veteran’s test results came back presumed positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing Wyandotte County’s number of cases to five and the state’s to 20.

Details about the patient or what facility they visited were not provided in the post.

The post did not say how the veteran contracted the virus.

“The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low at this time,” the post said.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, issued an emergency order Tuesday closing all schools in the county as well as restricting restaurants and bars to delivery and takeout orders only.

The rapidly spreading virus has infected more than 4,000 people across the country, with cases in every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order Tuesday halting mortgage foreclosures and rent evictions during the global pandemic.

Sixteen cases, including one in Jackson County, have been confirmed in Missouri. However, in a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Mike Parson said he would leave to local officials any decisions to close schools and bars.

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