First COVID-19 death confirmed in Kansas City

COVID-19/CDC

Kansas City, Missouri Director of Heath, Dr. Rex Archer, announced Thursday, April 2 the first confirmed COVID-19 death in the city. 

Kansas City currently has 143 positive COVID-19 cases including 74 women, 65 men, three teenagers, and one child. 

The woman, who was in her 70s, was admitted to the hospital on March 25 in critical condition and died April 2. Another member of her household also tested positive for COVID-19. 

Health specialists are gathering more information to determine if others around her need to be isolated. 

“We can’t imagine the grief her family and friends are going through right now,” said Archer. “We knew this day was coming and we will have more hard days to come. We need to take care of one another and take seriously the stay-at-home order.”

Kansas City is currently under a stay-at-home order until Friday, April 24. Kansas Citians interested in signing up for text updates from the City of Kansas City regarding COVID-19 should text COVIDKC to 888-777. For more information, visit the CDC’s website or kcmo.gov/coronavirus. You may also call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411 for questions regarding COVID-19 in Missouri.

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