Missouri stay-at-home order extended into May

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson
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JEFFERSON CITY, (KMOX) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will extend the state's stay-at-home order to May 3, with hope to "reopen the economy and get Missourians back to work." 

The governor announced a four-pillar approach to get ready for business in the state to begin. The four steps are: Rapidly expanding testing capacity, expanding reserves of PPP for small businesses, continue to monitor and if necessary expand hospital and health care facilities, and improve the state's ability to predict potential outbreaks through data.

Both the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County have extended their stay-at-home orders to at least "mid-May." 

For the first time, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force is showing data that the region's coronavirus curve is flattening, but say this is no time to ease social distancing.

County Executive Sam Page says the stay-at-home order will be extended because they haven't reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and ICU admissions.

#BREAKINGMissouri Gov. Mike Parson is extending the state's stay-at-home order through Sunday, May 3.Open to hear him speaking live on KMOX: https://t.co/Y55mgMWGDV

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