The Jackson County Health Department confirmed Tuesday the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Eastern Jackson County – a woman in her 80s who had not traveled recently.
A private lab identified the woman’s case, though the Health Department gave no further details about the woman – in what city she resides, her current condition, or whether she was living at home or in a facility.
Health officials say it was only a matter of time before such a case – the ninth in Missouri as of Tuesday – occurred in Jackson County.
“We knew that COVID-19 was coming, and we’ve been preparing accordingly by monitoring individuals, educating the public and working with our partners at all levels,” Bridgette Shaffer, director of the Jackson County Health Department, said in a statement.
A department spokesperson said doctors who have a patient set up with an appointment for coronavirus testing can send a specimen to either the state health department’s laboratory, if the patient fits the current criteria for public lab testing, or to a private lab.
Both Truman Medical Center, with which the Jackson County Health Department is affiliated, and Saint Luke’s Health System have said they are working with the Lee’s Summit lab Viracor for additional testing.