DESE Budget Cuts Arrive, Latest COVID-19 Numbers Released
More state budget cuts are coming from the Governor’s desk due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Parson announced the state is withholding an additional $209 million from the state budget this month.
Dr. Margie Vandeven, the director of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says they will see a 39% decrease in June’s funding.
Vandeven says every school district will see this impact them differently.
Vandeven added summer school results have been very mixed throughout the state as well.
Most of Monday’s briefing focused on protests occurring in the state. Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams offered his prospective if there should be a concern of COVID-19 spreading while protests are occurring.
In Monday’s statewide numbers, 13,327 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 which is a 24-hour increase of 180. The state has conducted nearly 200,000 PCR tests. 773 deaths have been reported.
In Adair County, nine more individuals tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend. All nine of the new positives, five males and four females, are related to area meat-processing plants. Out of the 62 confirmed cases in the county, 33 of them have now been released from isolation, which is up 15 from the weekend. The health department also reports out of the 62 cases since the counting period began, three people needed to be hospitalized and none of the residents required a ventilator.
Macon County also confirmed a fifth case of COVID-19. The individual has self-isolated since the test. The health department says it’s a case of community spread. Macon County now has three active cases and two recovered cases.