“Stay Home Missouri” Order extended


Office of Governor                         
Michael L. Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Thursday, April 16, Gov. Mike Parson extended the statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order through May 3, 2020, and announced the state’s initial framework to help Missouri safely and gradually move into the recovery phase of COVID-19.
“We are seeing very early signs in the data leading us to be cautiously optimist that Missouri is beginning to slow the course of the infection and see improvement, even in our hardest hit areas like St. Louis and Kansas City,” Gov. Parson said. “Today, I am extending the ‘Stay Home Missouri’ Order through Sunday, May 3, so we can prepare to reopen the economy and get Missourians back to work.”
 “I’m so proud of the people of Missouri,” Gov. Parson said. “You have listened. You have taken social distancing seriously. You have looked out for each other, and you have followed the Stay Home Order. Because of your diligent efforts and sacrifices, we are able to put Missourians back to work.”
Between now and May 4, the Governor’s 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 “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan will rest on four essential pillars:
• 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.
• Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort.
• 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.
• 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.
“Missouri is incredibly diverse, and our reopening efforts will be careful, deliberate, and done in phases,” Gov. Parson said. “We must be ready for a slow but steady road to recovery with some sort of social distancing continuing even as we begin to reopen the economy.”
Gov. Parson’s “Stay Home Missouri” Order took effect on April 6, stating that individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary. All guidelines in the Order will remain the same.
For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus.

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