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Government, Health Officials Renew Call For Statewide Mask Mandate

Officials from local government and health care organizations on Friday renewed a call for Gov. Mike Parson to institute a statewide face mask mandate as hospitals’ COVID-19 units see peak levels of patients.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said City Council is unanimous in its support for such an order. He spoke at a livestreamed news conference, where officials said a statewide mandate also is favored by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Greene County, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield Communities and the Missouri Foundation for Health.

McClure commended Parson for recently issuing a statewide public health warning – with safety recommendations – and extending Missouri’s state of emergency. However, he said stricter action is needed.

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