Gov. Parson: End of COVID-19 crisis in Mo.

Governor Mike Parson will be joined by Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Director...
Governor Mike Parson will be joined by Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Director Paula Nickelson.(Source: Governor Mike Parson's Administration)
Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 4:18 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - During a press conference at the Missouri State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced an end to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri and that the state will be shifting to an endemic phase of the pandemic on Friday, April 1, 2022.

For more than two years, a whole-of-government COVID-19 emergency response was taken as an effort that responded to the needs of all Missourians during the global pandemic.

Vaccines, testing resources, and treatments are now readily available for all Missourians, and much of the population now has some immunity to the virus.

“Over the past two years, we have learned a lot that will help us respond to future outbreaks and challenges that may come our way,” Governor Parson said. “We don’t know if this virus will ever completely go away, but we do know that there is no longer a need to live in crisis mode and that we can shift our response to meet the current needs of Missourians. The COVID-19 crisis is over in the state of Missouri, and we are moving on.”

Missouri's COVID-19 response moving forward

Missouri's COVID-19 response moving forward

Posted by Governor Mike Parson on Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Gov. Parson said the SARS-CoV-2 virus is expected to continue to circulate in communities, meaning it will be considered endemic like many other diseases.

The endemicity also means that surveillance priority will change from monitoring case numbers to monitoring disease severity and societal impact as new waves of infection come and go.

Gov. Parson praised Missouri on it’s pandemic milestones over the past two years:

Testing Capacity

  • More than 14 million tests performed by public health partners

Treatment Options

  • More than 81,000 treatment courses distributed by the State of Missouri

Vaccine Availability

  • More than 8.7 million doses administered by public health partners

In addition to vaccines, testing, and treatment options, Missouri has expanded capabilities over the past two years in areas of personal protective equipment (PPE), hospital capacity, and data collection. These capabilities allow Missouri to adapt to changing needs regarding COVID-19 in the future.

Moving forward, Missouri’s approach will allow state and local health officials to closely monitor community level of COVID-19, determine which variants of SARS-CoV-2 are circulating through the genomic surveillance, and assess disease severity and impact of COVID-19-associated illnesses.

Beginning Friday, the Department of Health and Senior Services will provide weekly dashboard updates that will include 7-day case rate data, activity by region and county, statewide data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, and circulating virus variants.

This is a flexible approach which allows accommodation for future surges, should they occur, and require more frequent updates and additional datasets.

More information about vaccines, testing resources, and treatment options along with the updated COVID-19 dashboard and details about this phase of the pandemic can be found by visiting health.mo.gov/coronavirus.

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