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Person who was in Truman Building tests positive for COVID-19

by News Tribune | June 3, 2020 at 10:25 p.m. | Updated June 3, 2020 at 10:30 p.m.
The Harry S. Truman State Office building in Jefferson City is seen on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Missouri Office of Administration officials confirmed Wednesday that a person who was in the Harry S. Truman State Office Building has tested positive for COVID-19.

OA Commissioner Sarah Steelman sent the following statement to employees Wednesday: "We have learned that a person who was in the Truman Building in Jefferson City received notice that they have a positive COVID-19 test result. This person was last in the building on May 28. If you are identified as a potential contact of this person, you will be contacted by the Cole County Health Department. The Cole County Health Department requests that you do not contact them regarding this positive test result; they will contact you if that is appropriate."

OA spokesman Chris Moreland said they could not say whether this person is employed by the state.

Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell said her office was notified Wednesday morning of the positive test. However, it appears this positive test did not affect case numbers for Cole County. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, when the latest county figures were released, Cole County showed only two active cases, the same number the county has been reporting since this past weekend.

If a person tested positive with COVID-19, the case is counted in the county where the person lives, Campbell noted.

Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said contact tracing would be done by the health department of the county of residence of the infected person.

A person who had been in the Truman Building tested positive for COVID-19 in March. The office suite the person was in was closed for cleaning and disinfection, and all those assigned to the suite were assigned to work remotely or placed on leave.

In April, OA announced a person who had been in the Jefferson Building had tested positive for COVID-19.

OA officials would not confirm if these people were state employees.


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