(Jefferson City)–Missouri’s governor has announced five new positive cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 15. Brian Hauswirth has our report:

The state has taken several steps to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Missouri, including the restriction or suspension of visitors at Missouri’s veteran’s homes, correctional facilities, and mental health facilities. Public tours and events in the State Capitol have also been shut down.
In accordance with CDC recommendations, Governor Parson has strongly urged the cancellation or suspension of public gatherings of 50 individuals or more. Governor Parson has also asked that facilities attracting large concentrations of senior citizens strongly consider restrictions or closures, in consultation with health authorities, to protect those most vulnerable to this virus.
Governor Parson announced Tuesday evening that Missouri casinos will be closed through March 30th in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.