Missouri Governor Mike Parson held his daily news briefing this afternoon. One topic Parson discussed during his address was mental health and how it relates to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Missouri Department of Mental Health typically serves 170,000 Missourians a year by providing a variety of services. Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer says they’ve taken several necessary steps to address mental health during this pandemic.

During the briefing, Governor Parson also provided an update on the ongoing battle with the virus. This included an alarming statistic regarding the over 500 positive tests of the virus in Missouri.

The 20-29-year old age bracket currently has the second largest total of positive cases in the state. As a result, Parson is reminding everyone the importance of social distancing.

Of the over 500 cases of the coronavirus in Missouri, eight deaths have been reported.