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Governor outlines ‘Show Me Strong’ recovery plan

On April 17, Gov. Mike Parson highlighted Missouri’s “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan to safely and gradually reopen the state’s economy. 

Parson was joined by Economic Development [DED] Director Rob Dixon, Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, and Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams. 

“Between now and May 4, we 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 data-driven plan,” Parson said. “We will also be reaching out to the business community, as well as local county and city government, to put these plans in place for May 4 and begin the first phase of reopening Missouri.” 

According to the governor’s office, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan has four parts:

  1. 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.
  2. Expand reserves of PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] by opening public and private supply chains and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort.
  3. 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.
  4. Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.

This framework, Parson said, will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to broader economic recovery.

“No matter how long it takes, I assure you we will recover from this and come back better than before. I look forward to seeing Missourians safe, healthy and back to work,” Parson said.

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