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Missouri Governor Holds Briefing With State Health Officials On Covid-19

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Governor Mike Parson says the state is “very well-prepared if a coronavirus outbreak were to happen in Missouri.”

During a press conference and briefing in Jefferson City Tuesday, Parson praised the ongoing efforts of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as well as local health officials in the state.

Parson says they’ll “continue taking proactive steps to educate, inform and protect” the people of Missouri, according to a press release from his office.

Dr. Randall Williams, head of the state health department, says his team has been collaborating with a network of response organizations to provide timely and accurate information in preparation for the possibility of a COVID-19 case in Missouri.  But he says the risk remains low.

On Monday, Parson took part in a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. governors regarding the coronavirus.  Wednesday, he’ll hold a briefing with statewide elected officials in Missouri.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.