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Parson announces end of Missouri COVID-19 state of emergency

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson(KY3)
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WGEM) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that Missouri’s COVID-19 related state of emergency will expire Dec. 31, 2021, and not be renewed.

“Thanks to the effectiveness of the vaccine, widespread efforts to mitigate the virus, and our committed health care professionals, past needs to continue the state of emergency are no longer present,” Parson said in a statement released Thursday.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases nationwide have reached all-time highs, and hospitals and emergency services across the country are reporting being overwhelmed by patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all but two rural Missouri counties are now seeing community transmission rated as “high.”

Parson first issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency existed due to COVID-19 on March 13, 2020. He extended the COVID-19 related state of emergency five times before issuing a final targeted executive order for health care needs in August 2021.

The release stated Missouri agencies have communicated to health care partners that there will be flexibility during a transitional period to fully resume pre-pandemic operations.

With the expiration of EO 21-09, the Missouri National Guard also will no longer be activated for COVID-19-related missions.

Parson’s office said the best method to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is vaccination. In December, more than 565,000 doses of vaccine were administered, and 42% were part of a primary vaccine series. The release said nearly 94% of Missourians 65 and older, more than 73% of Missourians 18 and older, and more than 62% of all Missourians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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