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March 27, 2020Kansas City, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri records 9th virus death; another nursing home hit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has recorded its ninth coronavirus death as the outbreak continues to spread, hitting nursing homes particularly hard.

St. Louis County officials said Thursday that the latest victim is a woman in her 80s with chronic medical conditions. The announcement came after Missouri health officials said the state had 502 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 356 on Wednesday.

Officials didn't say whether the latest victim lived in a nursing home, but such facilities have struggled. Sean Buckley, executive director of the Life Care Center in St. Louis, said in a written statement that four residents are hospitalized and two employees were directed to stay at home.