227 positive cases, 3 deaths reported in Mo.

MO COVID-19 latest

MISSOURI (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced on Tuesday, March 24 that there are 227 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

There have been three deaths reported.

Governor Mike Parson gave his daily briefing on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

The briefing included Commissioner Margie Vendeven with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Tuesday Press Briefing regarding COVID-19

Tuesday Press Briefing regarding COVID-19

Posted by Governor Mike Parson on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

According to Missouri’s director of public safety, the state is spending more than $17 million on Personal Protective Equipment for those on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19.

Governor Parson also said people from the private sector are reaching out to his office to offer help during the crisis.

“We’ve had people reach out to places like China, like Mexico, all over the world. Businesses say they’re trying to help, businesses are offering to re-tool here in Missouri so we don’t have to be dependent on other states," he said. “Those are the kind of things that show the backbone of who we are in Missouri.”

Officials say a bulk of the state’s money will pay for more than 4 million N95 respirator masks.

The order also included thousands of safety goggles, surgical masks, gowns and more than 300,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. The shipment is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.

There have been several new coronavirus cases reported in southeast Missouri. As of Tuesday morning, March 24, the following counties have confirmed cases of COVID-19: one in Cape Girareau, two in Perry, two in Pemiscot, two in St. Francois, one in Scott and one in Dunklin.

On Saturday, a Social Distancing Order was declared statewide starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23. It’s in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6 unless extended.

The hotline for Missouri citizens or providers wanting COVID-19 guidance is 877-435-8411.

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