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First confirmed death from COVID-19 in KCMO

Post Date:04/02/2020 4:37 PM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2020

Kansas City, Missouri Director of Health Dr. Rex Archer is announcing the first death from COVID-19 in the city.

The woman, who was in her 70s, was admitted to the hospital on March 25 and died on April 2. Because she was already in critical condition, the health department was unable to get details about how the disease progressed, her underlying health conditions or her activities prior to her symptoms.

Another member of her household also tested positive for COVID-19. Health department specialists are gathering information from those around her to determine if others need to be isolated and tested.

“We can’t imagine the grief her family and friends are going through right now,” said Archer. “We knew this day was coming and we will have more hard days to come. We need to take care of one another and take seriously the stay-at-home order.”

As of April 2, Kansas City has recorded 143 positive COVID-19 cases, including 74 women, 65 men, three teenagers and one child.

On March 21, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas issued a ‘Stay at Home’ Order requiring Kansas Citians to stay home except for essential activities. The order is effective from March 24 to April 24. He was joined by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Jackson County, Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas. Clay County and Platte County issued similar orders.

Kansas Citians interested in signing up for text updates from the City of Kansas City regarding COVID-19 should text COVIDKC to 888-777. For more information, visit the CDC’s website or kcmo.gov/coronavirus. You may also call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411 for questions regarding COVID-19 in Missouri.

Media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Pekarsky, 816-719-3610 (cell). Follow the Health Department on Twitter @KCMOHealthDept.

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