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Platte County reports first COVID-19 death

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Posted at 5:14 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 18:14:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Platte County, Missouri, Health Department has reported the county’s first COVID-19-related death.

In a release Wednesday, the department said the patient was a woman in her 70s who had underlying health conditions.

She tested positive for the virus on May 7.

“Our deepest sympathy is extended to her family and all who knew her,” Platte County Health Director Mary Jo Vernon said in the release. “While the vast majority of cases of COVID-19 are believed to be mild, the virus can cause a very serious infection that can lead to death, especially in people over age 60 and those with underlying medical conditions.”

County health officials urged residents to continue taking precautions, including practicing physical distancing, hand washing, surface disinfecting and wearing face coverings in public.

Anyone who is sick is asked to quarantine at their home, leaving only to seek medical care.

The Platte County Health Department said the woman’s case of COVID-19 was not travel related.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Platte County.