“It was a poor decision” Governor Parson addresses lack of social distancing at Lake of the Ozarks

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Missouri’s Gov. Mike Parson says the Lake of The Ozarks incident over Memorial Day weekend was a poor decision, and social distancing was not followed.

The governor said this a just a small example of Missouri and that many people made good decisions this weekend. Parson witnessed these good decisions while visiting his granddaughters’ graduation ceremony in Sparta and when he attended his church back home.

Parson said overall we have seen responsible decisions from residences across the state.

Parson says the positive number of COVID-19 will go up because they are testing more every week. Parson said we wouldn’t see Memorial Day numbers for five days or more. Any spike being reported would have been from last week.

Parson said over the weekend that hospitalization numbers went down.

Parson stated that the enforcement for social distancing and occupancy is up to local health departments.

Parson says any Missouri resident can be tested for free. Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. 

The following are testing sites:

  • Boone County 
    • June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hickman High School, Columbia
  • Cape Girardeau County
    • June 5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Arena Park, Cape Girardeau
  • Greene County
    • June 4-5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield
  • Jackson County
    • May 26-30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Silverstein Eye Center Arena, Independence 
  • Jefferson County 
    • June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Faith Community Church, House Springs 
    • June 3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, Hillsboro
  • St. Charles County
    • May 26-28, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Charles County Public Health Department, St. Charles 
    • May 29-30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. The Youth Activity Park, Dardenne Prairie

Watch below for the full Press conference.

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