As coronavirus cases spike in Missouri, second statewide lockdown is "not off the table"

Missouri Governor Mike Parson speaks in defense of his first statewide stay-at-home order | Photo by 41 Action News
Missouri health officials recorded a record number of COVID-19 cases statewide this weekend.

The state reported 413 new cases Monday morning, and a total of 969 deaths across the state.

The increase of 413 cases is the largest single-day case increase in Missouri since the outset of the pandemic. The previous record was set just one day before, on Saturday, when the state reported an increase of 389 cases.

The news comes as Governor Mike Parson refuses to rule out a second statewide lockdown.

"The governor is focused on reopening the state, but a second stay-at-home order is not off the table," said one staffer in Parson's office.

Last week, the governor extended Missouri's state of emergency for COVID-19 until December 30th.

"We have to remember that COVID-19 is still out there," said Parson, reiterating that the pandemic is not over.

Extending the state of emergency will allow the governor to continue funding local governments during future lockdowns.