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Parson says disaster declaration would help relieve costs of COVID-19

Posted: 2:23 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 16:57:05-04
Gov. Mike Parson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday that his request for a major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri due to COVID-19 would help relieve the costs that areas across the state are facing.

Missouri's congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump in support of Parson's request.

Parson also said that $18 million from the state budget has been directed to supply personal protective equipment, or PPE, to hospitals and first responders.

A request for assistance from the Small Business Association for economic-injury disaster loans also has been approved.

Parson also said that the state's food supply is strong.

He was joined by Missouri Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, Missouri Labor Director Anna Hui and Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Missouri had seen more than 250 COVID-19 cases, including eight deaths.

Parson has been holding near-daily press conferences to keep residents up-to-date on the how it is handling the pandemic.

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