Twelve months latter: Despite Pandemic Missouri Moved Forward
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was detected in Missouri one year ago, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to combat the virus, keep Missourians safe, and move Missouri’s economy forward.
“Since COVID-19 struck Missouri one year ago, we have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach, fight the virus, and keep Missourians as safe as possible,” Governor Parson said. “A tremendous amount of work has been accomplished over the past 12 months, and I could not be more proud of Missourians for their efforts.”
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’s 16 executive agencies, and numerous stakeholders from across the state have worked together to respond, rebuild, and recover.
Since March, 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 over 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.