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Gov. Parson: Twenty-four cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

Gov. Parson: Twenty-four cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

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JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday that 24 Missouri residents have tested positive for COVID-19, nine more than Tuesday evening's total. 

Hours earlier, Parson announced the first death from the virus in the state — a patient in their 60s who had tested positive Tuesday and had recently traveled outside of the United States.

There were, as of Wednesday evening, five COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County and two in St. Louis City.

"These numbers are going to change drastically and they're going to change daily," Parson said, emphasizing "social distancing." "Everyone should stay at home. If you don't need to be out right now, you should be staying at home."

State officials did not immediately release more information on the new cases announced Wednesday evening.

Parson said he was meeting with his Cabinet on Wednesday evening to discuss ways to blunt the economic effects of the coronavirus.

"We're well aware that thousands and thousands of Missourians are going to lose their job, and they're losing as we speak tonight," Parson said. "And we gotta be prepared."

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