Andy Cohen reportedly turns down request to be COVID social media influencer

October 26, 2020

(KMOX) - The governor of Missouri has reportedly called on some celebrities with ties to the state to be social media influencers and spread messages about safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. But apparently not everyone has accepted the call.

Talk show host Andy Cohen, who has a combined 6.3 million followers on Twitter and Instagram, has turned down the offer from Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Cohen was born in St. Louis and graduated from Clayton High School in St. Louis County.

Cohen has been in clear support of Parson's opponent in this election, gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway, by often retweeting her posts. Cohen tested positive for COVID-19 in March and has since posted many photos on social media of himself wearing a face mask and practicing safe social distancing.

Others who were reportedly asked by Parson's administration to become influencers were Hall of Fame baseball player Ozzie Smith, St. Louis-born actress Jenna Fischer and Missouri-born TikTok star Nickolas Ray.

“The ask is pretty simple; we would like their help encouraging Missourians to take basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and get us all back to the things we love,” Missouri Department of Economic Development spokeswoman Maggie Kost told the Post-Dispatch.

The celebrities would not be paid for their work and it's unclear if any have accepted the offer.

More than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Missouri were announced Sunday, continuing a string of days or more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases. Missouri also has recorded 2,805 deaths since the pandemic began.

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