Fewer than 10 people under quarantine for Coronavirus in KC

February 20, 2020 - 7:49 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department is trying to quell fears that Coronavirus is beginning to spread in the city.

Dr. Rex Archer is the Director of the Kansas City Public Health Department. He told city leaders Wednesday that there are currently fewer than 10 patients under quarantine being monitored for Coronavirus after returning from China, but so far, no cases have been reported. 

"As the health department director, I am concerned," Dr. Archer said. 

His concern is tinged with optimism, though. Dr. Archer explained that none of the patients, who are quarantined in their homes for 14 days, have showed any symptoms of Coronavirus. Health officials aren't taking any chances, though. 

"There are those folks who have been in areas where they could have been potentially exposed," Archer said. "We're monitoring them twice a day."

Dr. Archer said that the health department is ready to step up their game if Coronavirus cases are confirmed in the city. But for now, he the bigger concern for Kansas Cityians should be the flu, which according to Archer has claimed at least three lives in Kansas City so far this season. 

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