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Gov. Mike Parson: 502 positive cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

Gov. Mike Parson: 502 positive cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

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First COVID-19 death announced in Missouri

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stands alongside Columbia Mayor Brian Treece to announce the first known C0VID-19 death in Missouri on Wednesday, March 18, outside his office at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. The patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Boone County, which includes Columbia, and contracted the disease through travel.  Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com 

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday afternoon that there were 502 known cases of COVID-19 in Missouri, up from 356 known cases as of Thursday morning.

"A large number of these cases have been in the age bracket of 20-29 year olds," Parson said at a daily press briefing. "This shows that it doesn't matter how old you are. You're still at risk. And we need everyone to take this seriously.

"We will get through this together," Parson said. 

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