Since COVID-19 struck Missouri, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to combat the virus and keep Missourians as safe as possible. The Governor’s Office was initially briefed on the COVID-19 pandemic by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams on January 28, 2020, and immediately began taking steps to prepare.
When Missouri’s first positive case was identified on March 7, Governor Parson immediately traveled to St. Louis for the announcement. Since that time, Governor Parson’s administration, Missouri 16 executive agencies, and numerous stakeholders from across the state have worked together to respond, rebuild, and recover.
With the onset of flu season and the winter months, respiratory illnesses will begin to spread more rapidly, and COVID-19 is following the same pattern. Due to these extreme risks, Governor Parson has issued a statewide public health warning outlining expectations for all individuals living and working in the state, including guidance for personal behavior, businesses, and travel.
The health warning also includes community level guidance and action plans based on three risk categories – extreme risk, critical risk, and serious risk. The Governor's Office will be communicating with mayors, county commissioners, and local leaders across the state to explain and help implement the appropriate guidance in their communities.
Wearing a mask, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene remain the three major COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Other key guidance includes the following:
- Limit interactions with others to less than 15 minutes
- Limit regular group interactions to a small group (10 or less) of family members
- Minimize travel outside of Missouri
- Consider occupancy limits reflective of social distancing
It should be noted that given the minimal transmission of COVID-19 taking place in schools, especially those that have implemented mask mandates, the social gathering recommendations outlined in the health warning are NOT intended to limit in-person learning.
A tremendous amount of work has been accomplished over the past months, and it does not stop here. The state has come a long way since March, and will continue to combat COVID-19 and keep Missourians safe.
To view the full public health warning, please click here. To learn more about the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, visit showmestrong.mo.gov. For additional information and resources regarding COVID-19 in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/coronavirus.