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Missouri sends initial shipment of COVID-19 antigen tests to schools statewide

State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests […]

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Department of Health and Senior Services investigates medical marijuana consumer complaint

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating a complaint that a particular medical marijuana product purchased at a state-licensed dispensary this past weekend contained mold growth.  Because of the state program’s regulations including the seed-to-sale track and trace requirements of Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, all facilities, patients, and caregivers associated […]

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Audio: First medical marijuana sales to patients in Missouri took place on Saturday

The first legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri have occurred between a Missouri-licensed dispensary and qualified patients and caregivers. The sale took place on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  Jill Enders has more on the story:     “Missouri patients have always been our north star as we work to implement the state’s medical-marijuana program,” […]

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Audio: Missouri submits 111-page COVID-19 vaccine plan to CDC

Missouri has submitted its plan for administering the impending COVID vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state will receive feedback from the CDC on the 111-page plan by October 26. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams tells Capitol reporters that the plan’s hallmark is collaboration […]

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Audio: Department of Health and Senior Services confirms medical marijuana sales begin late October

Medical marijuana sales will soon begin in Missouri. Ashley Byrd has this update on the new industry.     As of this week, the state health department has approved almost 65 thousand medical marijuana applications from patients and caregivers, with more than 10,000 additional applications in review. The state also reports granting final operating approval […]

$10 million in CARES Act funding authorized for Missouri’s child care providers

Gov. Parson announced that he is allocating approximately $10 million for emergency relief grants to child care facilities impacted by COVID-19. Missouri’s licensed, license-exempt, and subsidy (6 or fewer) child care providers will be eligible.  Providers may seek reimbursement for costs associated with necessary COVID-19 expenditures such as personal protective equipment, additional staffing, overtime and […]

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DHSS announces successful inspection of medical marijuana facilities

The Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation at the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce a medical marijuana testing facility has passed its commencement inspection. With cultivation, dispensary, and testing facilities now operational, medical marijuana will soon be available to Missouri patients.  Director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation Lyndall […]

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Decline in overnight call volume prompts Missouri to adjust hours on COVID-19 hotline

State health officials say Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline will reduce its hours, starting in October. The hotline has seen a decline in overnight call volume. The state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) established a statewide public hotline on March 11, four days after Missouri’s first case was confirmed. More than 112,000 calls have come […]

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Governor Parson is pleased with start of school year, for K-12 and for higher education

Missouri’s governor says all of the state’s public schools are in session as of last week … some in-person, some online, and some with a hybrid model. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that State Education Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven and state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams met Wednesday […]