March 24, 2020 | 5:22pm
A 31-year-old St. Louis woman with no known underlying health conditions died from the coronavirus just two days after testing positive, according to family members.
Jazmond Dixon became the first St. Louis resident to die from the infectious disease Sunday, shocking her devastated family who say she was healthy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Dixon had been experiencing flu-like symptoms and went to an urgent care facility last Tuesday, March 17, her cousin, Belafae Johnson Jr., told the outlet. Staff there then instructed her to go to a hospital emergency room, where she was admitted.
By Thursday, as the 31-year-old awaited her coronavirus test results, she was placed on a ventilator because of a dangerous drop in her oxygen levels.
Her results came back positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and she died just two days later, on Sunday.
“At one point this was just a news blurb about something we heard going on in China, and now it’s our family,” Johnson told the Post-Dispatch.
“This is real. If there’s anyone out there that thinks they are immune to this, look at us, look at Jazmond.”
Dixon’s family told the paper they were unaware of any underlying health conditions that could have made her especially vulnerable to the virus. She also had not traveled recently, city health officials said.
Missouri is experiencing a steady uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 223 patients reported as of Tuesday.