COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Latest COVID-19 count in Missouri: at least 9 dead, 670 people test positive

A St. Louis County woman in her 80s is Missouri’s ninth coronavirus related death. County leaders announced the casualty on Thursday. Missouri has at least 670 people who have tested positive for the respiratory disease. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams, some 7,000 people have been tested in […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Missouri in response to COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson has requested that President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Missouri to provide federal assistance for state and local COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and emergency response efforts. In the request filed Tuesday, Governor Parson said the pandemic is of such severity and magnitude that an effective […]

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Governor Parson directs DHSS Director to require social distancing statewide

Building on Missouri’s efforts to address COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson has directed the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director, Dr. Randall Williams to order statewide social distancing. The Order includes new measures to protect the health and safety of Missouri citizens and frontline workers. “As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, this is […]

Child Care

Missouri officials take regulatory action to address child care needs amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Departments of Health and Senior Services and Social Services have taken regulatory action to assist child care providers and families during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  “We recognize that child care is an essential component of fighting COVID-19,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “Health care and other emergency medical personnel must have appropriate […]

State of Emergency

Governor Parson signs Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Parson announced the emergency declaration in a press conference on Friday. The following individuals were also present at the press conference: Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) […]

Josh Hawley

Audio: Senator Josh Hawley outlines the $9.9 million in Coronavirus funding heading for Missouri

Missouri’s junior senator says the $9.9 million the state will be receiving shortly in coronavirus funding will go to the front lines. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R) says the money will go to state and local health officials. “They’re really the ones both in our state and across the country, it’s local and state health officials who […]

Trenton High School

Trenton High School Percussion Orchestra participates in Graceland Percussion Day

The Trenton High School Percussion Orchestra recently traveled to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa to participate in Graceland Percussion Day. The event was free of charge and included 4 masterclasses taught by Dr. Scott Herring, Professor of Percussion at the University of South Carolina, Award-winning Irish Percussionist, Cara Wildman, Dr. Chris McWilliams, Freelance Percussionist from […]

Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services revises rules for medical marijuana program

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has begun the process of revising its rules for Missouri’s medical marijuana program. As was the case for all other regulations proposed for this program, the Department will post drafts of revised rules on its website for public comment before filing them. “This process, while unusual, proved […]

Dr. Williams Testifies March 2020

Missouri Health and Senior Services Director testifies that the state is well-prepared for Coronavirus

Missouri’s health director testified Monday afternoon in Jefferson City that he’s hoping for the best and preparing for the worst regarding the coronavirus. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams appeared before the newly-created Missouri House Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Williams testifies there have been no confirmed […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Missouri health officials meet at White House to prepare for possible spread of coronavirus

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is engaging with federal governmental leadership, national thought leaders and local public health agencies to maximize Missouri’s preparedness for the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus should a future case be diagnosed in Missouri. “In joining my fellow state health officers from around the nation this week at the […]