ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( - St. Louis County officials said COVID-19 cases tripled since Saturday as 38 new people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, raising the total to 55.

Six of the 38 patients were infected by the virus by means other than travel, officials said, pointing to clear evidence of community transmission in the county. The patients range from 10 years old to 70.

The announcement came one day after officials sent a stay-at-home order to go into effect on Monday in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Read more on the order here. 

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced the first COVID-19 death in the county on Friday.

Page said the woman who died was in her 60s and had prior medical complications. She was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. He said it's unknown if she had traveled. 

Previous positive cases in St. Louis County:

The county reported seven new COVID-19 cases in one day on Saturday, raising the total to 17 coronavirus patients. 

The fifth patient in the county tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Officials said the patient is 20 to 30 years old and the case is travel-related.

The fourth patient tested positive on Tuesday, March 17. The patient is 60 to 70 years old. Officials said it's still unclear how the patient was exposed to the virus. 

All tests conducted at Missouri State Laboratory will be considered confirmed positive as of March 14. Officials said the state lab is no longer required to send samples to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation. 

The third St. Louis County resident tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus on Monday, March 16. The patient is 50-60 years old and the case is travel-related.

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The news of the third St. Louis County patient came only minutes after St. Louis City announced its first positive COVID-19 case.

The first positive case in St. Louis County was confirmed and announced on March 7 and the second was confirmed on March 13.

[Read about the first ever case of COVID-19 in Missouri and St. Louis County here.]

For more information on the virus and safety guidelines, visit the CDC’s website at The St. Louis County Health hotline is 314-615-2660 or visit the county's website at to learn more.

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