The fifth and sixth cases in Missouri of the coronavirus, COVID-19, were confirmed Friday and Monday, respectively, by the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory.
Both cases are in Greene County, which neighbors Webster County to its west.
According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), Greene County Health Department staff are working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state DHSS to determine any close contacts of the individuals who were possibly exposed.
If there are close contacts, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and then monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
As of last weekend, the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory with the DHSS had tested a total of 127 individuals for COVID-19. At that time, five cases had been found in Missouri — two in St. Louis County, two in Greene County and one in Henry County.
Monday’s case is the state’s sixth and the third found in Greene County.
Currently, the state laboratory no longer is required to send positive tests to the CDC for confirmation. Results from tests conducted at the state laboratory are considered final, including the two most-recent tests from Greene County.
For updated information on the national COVID-19 crisis and its Missouri impact, see the DHSS website at www. health.mo.gov/coronavirus.