Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox said the State of Missouri is working at getting medical equipment for areas that have been affected by the new coronavirus, and cost-saving measures will have to be found to deal with the city’s budget, which will take a hit because of the outbreak.
Fox spoke with the Southeast Missourian on Sunday evening following his weekly call with other Missouri mayors and Gov. Mike Parson.
The group included mayors from Cape Girardeau, Springfield, Columbia, Kansas City, Independence and St. Louis.
“Everything at the state level changes by the hour,” Fox said. “Everybody’s concerned about shortages of personal protective equipment, and the state did send out a large shipment Thursday and Friday to those places that need it the most.”
According to Fox, Parson said it won’t be long before Missouri will be doing thousands of tests a day for COVID-19.
“We’re not seeing a whole lot more cases in Missouri,” Fox said referencing the governor’s comments, “but as the testing picks up you’re going to see more cases.”