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 Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 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, 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.  

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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 16 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. 

Missouri’s economy also continues to show strong signs of recovery. The state has now recovered more than 70 percent of jobs lost to COVID-19, putting Missouri among the top tier of states for total economic recovery. 

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the state previously restricted approximately $438 million in FY 2021 spending to ensure a balanced budget and the necessary funds to combat the virus moving forward. Missouri’s stronger than projected financial position has allowed the state to release all FY 2021 general revenue restrictions. 

Governor Parson and his administration also remain committed to safely returning students to the classroom. Currently, all Missouri public school districts and the vast majority of charter schools are offering a form of in-person learning.