On Thursday, April 16th, Governor Parson announced the extension of his statewide Stay at Home Order through May 3rd. During this period, Governor Parson and his office will continue to monitor the situation and work with Missouri’s hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a plan.
The state’s approach to recovery will be deliberate and data-driven with two initial phases intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal.
The “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan will rest on four essential pillars:
1. Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus
2. Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort
3. Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
4. Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data
This approach combines a number of sources on data specific to Missouri, allowing state leaders to evaluate the situation locally, regionally, and statewide. Localized data includes the following:
- Hospitalization of known and presumed COVID-19 cases
- Relative population density and mobility
- Lab testing results
- Health care facility capacity to treat COVID-19, including available hospital beds and ventilators
While Governor Parson announces his plan to start reopening the State, local governments across the state have announced extensions to their stay at home orders, many of which extend further than Governor Parson's, through mid May or even later.
You can view Governor Parson's Stay at Home Order extension HERE.
If you have any questions regarding this extension or anything else we can be of assistance on, please do not hesitate to reach out to the MGA team or myself directly.