The Jackson County Health Department confirmed Tuesday the first two presumptively positive cases of coronavirus in Eastern Jackson County, though the department has not disclosed the hometown or condition of either patient.


The second case, released late Tuesday, involves a man in his 40s who had recently traveled internationally, the department said.


The first case involves a woman in her 80s who had not traveled recently. The Health Department did not say whether that woman was living at home or in a facility.


In both cases, the Health Department has not released if either patient is on home quarantine or being treated at a hospital.


“They’re being isolated appropriately,” department spokesperson Kayla Parker said. As to not releasing a hometown, Parker said the department wants everyone to remain vigilant in slowing the virus’ spread.


“We want people to be aware that it could spread,” she said. “We know people are traveling frequently around the metro, and we want everyone to stay prepared.”


Before the Tuesday evening case from EJC, Missouri listed 15 confirmed cases statewide.