Governor Mike Parson says Missouri's hospitals are struggling to cope with rising COVID-19 cases.
The Republican governor is extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March. He says hospitals face staffing shortages and the state is considering sending in the military and asking for help from medical workers in other states.
The Missouri Hospital Association wants a statewide mask mandate but Parson has repeatedly refused to issue one. He has instead emphasized personal responsibility and urged Missourians to do their part by wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands.