Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an order to mobilize the state’s National Guard to help out with the COVID-19 pandemic. Parson explained in his daily briefing how the National Guard will be utilized.

President Donald Trump approved Missouri’s disaster declaration this afternoon which will help the Show-Me-State access federal resources if it becomes necessary. The president has also considered loosening up some of the restrictive guidelines once the 15 days to stop the spread the virus campaign comes to a close. Parson says he will not consider overriding any county or cities executive orders which could be too restrictive.

Missouri and Kansas each have tested roughly the same amount of patients for COVID-19. Missouri DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams sheds some light why Missouri’s positive rate is higher than Kansas.

Governor Parson also indicated he is hoping to get some members of the house back by the first few weeks of April to iron out a supplemental budget, which has to be completed by the end of April. The state has 670 positive cases of Coronavirus in the state as of Friday afternoon with about 54% of the cases coming from the St. Louis metro area.