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Missouri Nurses Are Still Calling On Gov. Parson To Issue A Statewide Mask Mandate

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In lieu of an official statewide mask mandate, Heidi Lucas encourages people to take it upon themselves to stay home, wear a mask and get a flu shot.

The state director of the Missouri Nurses Association says the state is averaging more than 1,400 new known coronavirus cases a day and that access to protective equipment is still a problem.

Meanwhile, events like Bikefest in Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend are drawing thousands of people together, against the recommendations of health officials.

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