Missouri school is closed after the father of the state’s first coronavirus patient broke self quarantine so he could attend a dance with his younger daughter and her classmates

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A Missouri school has closed after a father with Corona Virus attended a dance with his daughter. He was in the quarantine process and decided to leave his house anyways so he could attend.

Pure selfishness in the face of a health crisis seems to be a trend in America. A lady on the Grand Princess ship was blaming President Trump for being stuck on the ship and was wanting off and she would of had the potential to infect people.

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  • A woman, in her 20s, tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Italy
  • Her family was told to self-quarantine for 14 days after she started showing symptoms on Thursday  
  • But her father attended a father-daughter dance held by his other child’s school on Saturday 
  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School closed to ‘seek advice’ from health officials

The father of a Missouri woman who tested positive for coronavirus violated self-quarantine rules to attend a school dance with his younger daughter.

The family, from St Louis, were asked to self-isolate by health officials after the woman, in her 20s, called the county’s health hotline to report a high fever and cough.

She arrived back in the U.S. at Chicago’s O’Haire Airport on March 3 after a study trip to Italy. A day later, she took a home to St Louis after spending a night at a friend’s place, prompting Amtrak to shut down that line. 

Amtrak has since started notifying other passengers who were on Amtrak train 303 at the time, and said it was out of service as it disinfects and cleans both the trains and the stations at Chicago and St Louis.    

The woman was tested for COVID-19 on March 6, and the results came back positive the next day. 

It comes as the number of positive coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to more than 600, and the death toll climbed to 22.

The St Louis woman is believed to be the first person in the region to test positive for the virus. 


Like other coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold and that triggered SARS, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.  

  • The most common symptoms are: 
  • Fever 
  • Dry cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 

Although having a runny nose doesn’t rule out coronavirus, it doesn’t thus far appear to be a primary symptom. 

Most people only become mildly ill, but the infection can turn serious and even deadly, especially for those who are older or have underlying health conditions.  

In these cases, patients develop pneumonia, which can cause: 

  • Potentially with yellow, green or bloody mucus
  • Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Rapid or shallow breathing 
  • Pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply or coughing 
  • Low appetite, energy and fatigue 
  • Nausea and vomiting (more common in children) 
  • Confusion (more common in elderly people)
  • Some patients have also reported diarrhea and kidney failure has occassionally been a complication. 

Avoid people with these symtpoms. If you develop them, call your health care provider before going to the hospital or doctor, so they and you can prepare to minimize possivle exposure if they suspect you have coronavirus.  

Despite the instruction to self-isolate, the patient’s father attended a father-daughter dinner dance hosted by the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton with his younger child on Saturday. 

The school has since informed parents of its decision to close today in order to ‘gather information and guidance from health officials’.

In a letter to parents, school officials said the father and daughter didn’t learn about the diagnosis until they were already at the dance, which was scheduled to begin at 6.30pm.

The family members immediately left once notified. 

In a statement on Sunday, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said the coronavirus patient’s father ‘did not act consistently with the health department’s instructions and instead … he decided to take his daughter to a school function.’

He added that the county health department sent the family a letter on Sunday informing them they must follow its guidelines, St Louis Public Radio reported.

The quarantine, which applies to all members of the family, is expected to last 14 days after the patient has stopped showing any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Page added: ‘The way the family has reacted to this situation is really a tale of two reactions and a study of how people should and should not react to the coronavirus.

‘The patient had conducted herself responsibly and maturely, and she is to be commended for complying with the health department’s instructions.’  

Villa Duchesne, an independent Catholic school, also notified parents on Sunday that a decision had been made to ‘cancel classes and any activities’ on Monday so they can ‘gather information and guidance from health officials.’

In a statement, the school said: ‘The health and safety of our students, staff and their families will always be our top priority. 

‘With that in mind, we have made the decision to cancel classes and any activities at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School tomorrow – March 9. We will use the day to gather information and guidance from health officials. 

‘We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this situation. We are taking this important step out of an abundance of caution. 

‘We will communicate more information to all of our families via email as early as possible on Monday.’

It added it was ‘communicating with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health’ after learning that a woman ‘who has received a positive test for COVID-19 is the older sister of a Villa Duchesne student.’

Alice Dickherber, Director of Communications and Marketing, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: ‘We are communicating with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and sharing everything that we know with them. 

‘We will work with officials to ensure we are doing everything possible to mitigate risk and to maintain our safe environment.

‘We are committed to the health and safety of our community and we will follow the guidance of public health officials as we plan for the coming days.’

The coronavirus patient, a woman in her 20s, is said to have returned from Italy and landed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday, Fox News reported. 

She then stayed with a friend in the area before travelling to St Louis by Amtrak.

A spokesman for Page added: ‘Amtrak is notifying passengers and employees who may have been on the same train, and as a precaution, we have taken the train out of service for comprehensive cleaning and disinfection, and are also working to do a thorough disinfection of the Chicago and St. Louis stations.’Coronavirus: Which countries have the highest amount of cases?

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