Gov. Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency in response to, COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. His executive order today gives the state flexibility in getting about $13 million in federal aid.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson speaks to the Capitol Press Corps after being sworn-in as governor on June 1, 2018 in Jefferson City (file photo by Tim Bommel/UPI)

Parson says 94 people have been tested for the respiratory illness. Two new positive cases have been announced – bringing the overall total to four individuals testing positive. Three of the four cases have not been confirmed yet by the CDC. One of the new cases is a St. Louis County resident, 50-60 years old, who traveled domestically. Additional details on the second case will be shared with the public as soon as all notifications have been made.

Earlier today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the state’s new hotline with information about the coronavirus does not take out-of-state calls. That glitch has been fixed.

Parson says today’s declaration does not close schools or state government. He says school closures should be a local decision.

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