Missouri is #1… in coronavirus cases among states with no stay-at-home order

Missouri is once again leading the pack in a high-profile national ranking—though not one it wants.

The Show Me State is tops in the United States when it comes to coronavirus cases without a stay-at-home order.

Other states—such as New York and Washington state—have many more cases, but have implemented restrictions on travel to slow the spread of SARS-Coronavirus-2, the bug that causes COVID-19.

This analysis comes from the Star, which crunched stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing 1,834 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missouri, hundreds ahead of next-place South Carolina.

There are 239,279 cases nationally.

Kansas, which has implemented a stay-at-home order under Gov. Laura Kelly, has only 552 confirmed cases.

Many counties within Missouri, including all in the Kansas City area, have their own stay-at-home orders.

The decision to not implement a statewide stay-at-home order comes from Governor Mike Parson, who is defending his lack of stay-at-home order by pointing out that he has banned gatherings of more than ten people and encouraging people to stay home.

Parson is now being primaried in the 2020 election by a fellow Republican who last month implied that the coronavirus pandemic was “planned” as a way of undermining President Donald J. Trump.

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