Governor Parson Responds to Record Increases in COVID-19 Cases

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says that record increases in new statewide COVID-19 cases is not a surge or a second wave and are because of increased testing and outbreaks in specific areas.

The governor spoke yesterday (Tuesday) at his daily briefing in Jefferson City and says they are aggressively testing in the areas of the outbreaks to box in the virus and prevent further spreading.

Missouri hit another record high yesterday (Tuesday) with 434 cases.

It was the third record daily increase in 4 days.

Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, emphasized the new cases were primarily from an outbreak in southwest Missouri.

Williams said hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at an all-time low and the rate of infection in those tested remains low at 5.6 percent.