Governor Parson Joins Cabinet Members, SEMA Officials, and External Stakeholders for COVID-19 Briefing and Press Conference

Today, Governor Mike Parson joined Missouri Cabinet members, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials, and external stakeholders for a briefing and press conference regarding COVID-19. Today’s briefing furthered the state’s current preparedness measures should an outbreak occur in Missouri. Dr. Randall Williams and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have been taking steps to prepare for a potential outbreak since January 27, 2020, and the Governor’s Office has been receiving regular updates from DHSS since January 29, 2020. On Monday, Governor Parson participated in a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and the nation’s governors regarding COVID-19. Vice President Pence provided an update on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the continued coordination with governors and state and local officials to respond to and prepare for the virus. Vice President Pence also thanked governors and state and local leaders – particularly state and local health officials – for their leadership on the issue. Tomorrow, Governor Parson will meet with Missouri’s statewide elected officials for a briefing. The Governor’s Office is also preparing to communicate with mayors and other local officials across the state. To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Missouri. DHSS continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and provide the most up-to-date information. For additional information and resources regarding COVID-19 in Missouri, visit

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