Conquering COVID-19 - Keeping Missourians Safe

Conquering COVID-19: Keeping Missourians Safe

Since COVID-19 struck Missouri, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to take a balanced approach, fight the virus, and keep Missourians as safe as possible. 

The Governor’s Office was initially briefed on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on January 28, 2020, and immediately began taking steps to prepare. 

When Missouri’s first positive case was identified on March 7, 2020, Governor Parson immediately traveled to St. Louis for the announcement. Since that time, Governor Parson’s administration, Missouri's 16 executive agencies, and numerous stakeholders from across the state have worked together to respond, rebuild, and recover.  

For additional information and resources regarding COVID-19 in Missouri, visit



Since March 2020, the state has taken numerous actions to respond and adapt to COVID-19: 

  • Pulled together the entire Cabinet and every state agency to coordinate statewide response efforts
  • Convened weekly calls for over 10 straight months with community leaders and medical experts
  • Waived nearly 600 statutes and regulations to provide more flexibility and safety for Missourians
  • Significantly expanded COVID-19 testing to more than 100,000 a week
  • Mobilized the Missouri National Guard to assist with response efforts
  • Constructed an alternate care site in 11 days to assist hospitals in the St. Louis region
  • Launched the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan to support Missouri citizens, businesses, and communities
  • Distributed $520 million in CARES Act funds to local jurisdictions within 10 days
  • Helped secure over $11 billion in low-interest loans for Missouri small businesses through the SBA
  • Delivered Remdesivir to hospitals across the state and brought in additional health care staff to further expand hospital capacity
  • Partnered with Google to launch the PPE Marketplace
  • Shipped hundreds of thousands of cases of PPE to frontline health care providers
  • One of the first states in the nation to submit a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine plan to the CDC 

The state submitted its COVID-19 vaccine plan to the CDC in October 2020 in preparation for the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. The plan received national recognition and was used as a framework by other states in developing their own vaccine plans. Thanks to the success of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, all Missourians five and older are now eligible to receive a vaccine. 

For information regarding the safety of the vaccines, research and production processes, and how to get vaccinated, visit or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411

Governor Parson is committed to providing the opportunity for a COVID-19 vaccine to every Missourian that wants one. As the state makes progress and vaccination efforts continue, Missouri has seen significant declines in virus activity, which has led to decreased levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state.