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Health authorities issue guidance for visitations transitions at Missouri long-term care facilities

As the State of Missouri reopens on June 16, long-term care facilities are an important piece of this process for many Missourians. When COVID-19 first knowingly entered the United States in January, long-term care facilities quickly became one of the more vulnerable environments disease spread. In late March, health officials began seeing Missouri long-term care […]

Governor Mike Parson

Missouri to fully reopen on June 16th as the state enters Phase 2 of “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan

Pending expiration of Phase 1 on June 15, Governor Mike Parson announced today that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  “It is truly incredible to think about how far Missouri has come since March. At that time, no one knew what […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson extends phase 1 of “Show-Me-Strong Recovery Plan” through June 15, 2020

Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June 15, 2020.  “We are very pleased with how well Phase 1 has gone so far,” Governor Parson said. “Businesses, communities, and Missourians across the state have done a great job of […]

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Audio: Coronavirus hits Missouri hog farm in Audrain County

Thirteen hog farm employees in Audrain County have tested positive for the coronavirus. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams says the cases impact the overall food chain. Some Missouri meat processing plants have closed or reduced their output due to coronavirus outbreaks, including in Moniteau and Saline Counties.     “We […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson highlights “Show-Me-Strong” Recovery Pillars as Missouri prepares to reopen today

“I want to assure Missourians that we are prepared,” Governor Parson said. “The overall trends in the data show that we have met the four pillars, and we are ready to safely reopen Missouri.” The “Show Me Strong Recovery” Pillars are designed to give Missouri a benchmark for moving forward: Expand the testing capacity and volume in […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Missouri Governor supports Trump’s ordering of meatpacking plants to stay open

Despite coronavirus outbreaks among some of the nation’s meatpacking plants, President Trump is expected to order them to stay open. At least 3,000 workers among 48 meatpacking plants around the country have tested positive for the virus. Governor Parson agrees with the president’s move.     The state is testing workers this week at meat […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson announces first phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” beginning May 4, 2020

Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn, MO HealthNet Director Todd Richardson, Missouri Department of Economic Development Director […]

Health News

Missouri is ‘high performer’ in public health emergency preparedness

Missouri is among states rated as high performers in public health emergency preparedness measures by a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for optimal health for people and communities through the prevention of illness and injuries. The Trust for America’s Health report “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2020” released […]

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A vaccine now recommended for all children ages 2-18

Nationwide, cases of hepatitis A are on the rise. Many states, including Missouri, are currently experiencing outbreaks, and the hepatitis A vaccine is the best way to prevent hepatitis A infection. The hepatitis A vaccine is a two-dose vaccination. However, the first dose of hepatitis A provides 95 percent protection for up to 11 years […]

opioid crisis

Missouri continues fight against opioid epidemic with innovative approaches

The widespread opioid epidemic is considered a public health crisis and for years has been an ongoing challenge in Missouri and across the nation. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) continues to be innovative in its efforts to help people affected by this epidemic.  “What we are dealing with in Missouri is an […]