JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson stopped in the Heartland on Thursday, September 3.
He met with school officials in Jackson.
While in Jackson, we asked him why he is not following the advice from the White House when it comes to a statewide mask mandate.
The Springfield News-Leader first reported on Tuesday the recommendation as part of a report from the Task Force back on August 16.
“I’ve said all along, Missouri is so diverse from the urban areas to the rural areas, but everyday it’s a concern on where this virus is going and we keep watching. But again we watch that everyday, we try to make sure we know where those spikes are at whether that’s even in the universities now that we are seeing a big spike. It changes the numbers and you have to take all that into consideration before you make that decision,” he said.
The governor said he continually encourages Missourians to wear masks, use proper hygiene and practice social distancing to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
The White House Task Force report labeled Missouri a red zone and also recommended the Show-Me-State shut down bars.
Governor Parson’s Jackson stop was after he visited with officials at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he discussed the new saliva-based COVID-19 test recently approved by the FDA.