The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital reported the first two positive tests for the coronavirus COVID-19 in an announcement made on Saturday night.
The patients are currently quarantined, according to the news release.
Health department director Sandra Bell said on Sunday that all contacts provided for potential exposure had been contacted by her department staff as of Saturday night. She said she did not believe the parties who tested positive had attended any large public gatherings in the county that might cause a greater public health risk. Her staff is monitoring those individuals who were provided as contacts.
She said she would be releasing more information as it was appropriate.
The health department is urging the public to continue to precautions with good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions.
See more details on the developing story in the April 1 edition of the Herald.