The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Joplin has been confirmed. To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided, according to the Joplin Health Department. As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the health department will notify people who have had contact with the patient. This does not appear to be a travel-related case, health official said.
The Joplin Health Department staff are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine any close contacts of this individual who were possibly exposed. If exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.