“When we look at it, we make that decision holistically,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. We look at the whole picture. “
Asked if he thought a mask mandate would help reduce negative trends, Williams said: “Governors and I are strongly encouraged to use hand washing and social distances. And if you can’t reach social distance, you have to have a mask. And it’s anywhere in Missouri. “
Missouri has seen 46,750 confirmed viral cases and 1,220 deaths from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic on Wednesday.
Alex Garza, Head of the Pandemic Pandemic Working Group Louis on Wednesday said it was unclear why cases in Missouri were rising higher than in many other states, including neighboring Illinois, which had been taken into account in the yellow zone’s report.
Illinois reported 72 cases per capita last week and a positivity rate of 4.5%.
“It is difficult to determine exactly why this is so,” Garza said, adding that it is possible that the number of unprocessed data could have slightly exceeded the weekly state figures. “But most are caused by transmission in the community,” he said.
Garza said major hospitals in the area also saw higher positivity rates in tests completed this month in their own laboratories, which do not see the same number of pending cases as the state.