Coming together to confront COVID-19

COVID-19

Nicole Galloway knows the only way we’ll be able to get through this crisis is by coming together to support our families, neighbors, and communities across Missouri.

For more information about COVID-19 and the resources available to Missourians affected by the virus, please visit the CDC’s online resource center here.

For workers and families in need of assistance, the following resources are available to you:

 

Amplifying the voices of Missourians in the fight against COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 here in Missouri, Nicole has lent her voice to health care providers, scientists, local leaders, grocery store and pharmacy workers, businesses, education faculty, and everyday families looking for clear guidance, decisive action, and adequate resources from our government to confront this pandemic.

 

Economic Relief

Nicole has been a voice for displaced workers, small business owners, county governments, and working families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She has worked to create a semblance of financial stability in an uncertain economy for every working family by calling upon our state to:

 

Testing

Since the beginning of this health crisis, Nicole has been an outspoken advocate for widespread COVID-19 testing — especially within disadvantaged communities and high risk environments. She has called for free testing for Missourians with and without health insurance to ensure that our state can effectively contain the virus while mitigating the struggle for working Missouri families. She has recommended that our state:

 

Voting

We saw what happened in Wisconsin earlier this year. Voters were lined up around whole city blocks, risking their lives amidst a global health crisis, to participate in our democracy. Nicole has been a proponent of no-excuse absentee and early voting for our upcoming elections. Nicole has: 

 

Healthcare Disparities

Nicole knows that healthcare disparities have existed in our state long before this pandemic. Black Missourians particularly have experienced significantly worse health outcomes before and during COVID-19. Rural Missourians are experiencing similar challenges in getting the healthcare they need as rural hospitals continue to shut their doors. She is working to confront those disparities by having conversations with and listening to experts from across Missouri.

 

Timeline

March 7, 2020 — Missouri records first coronavirus positive test result.

March 13, 2020 —  Galloway calls on the Governor to issue a declaration of public health emergency.

  • Parson issues a declaration of public health emergency at 5pm that same day.

March 14, 2020 — Galloway calls for a COVID-19 Relief Package to include economic relief for workers and businesses.

March 16, 2020 — Galloway calls for the Governor to activate an emergency response Command Center and to provide daily briefings to the public.

  • March 19, 2020 — Parson began holding daily briefings.

March 18, 2020 — Galloway calls for the state to bypass statutory hurdles to get unemployment benefits to workers who don’t traditionally qualify under Missouri statute, such as gig workers and independent contractors.

March 23, 2020 — Galloway calls for the formation of an emergency Economic Relief Council, like those in Colorado and Oregon.

March 31, 2020 — Galloway calls for a statewide stay-at-home order.

  • April 3, 2020 — Governor Parson finally issues a stay at home order to go into effect April 6 to April 24.

April 7, 2020 — State lawmakers adjourn from legislative session due to safety concerns.

April 10, 2020 —  In the face of a looming economic crisis, Galloway calls for emergency relief funding for county governments, which are owed more than $35 million in reimbursements for costs associated with housing and transporting state prisoners in county jails.

April 13, 2020 — Galloway calls on Governor Parson to issue an order that the COVID-19 pandemic is a valid excuse for absentee voting

April 16, 2020 — Parson extends stay at home order to May 3 and indicates that 50,000 tests are needed per week in order to reopen Missouri’s economy

April 22, 2020 — Galloway calls for Governor Parson to seek a waiver from the federal government to expand Medicaid in Missouri.

April 27, 2020 — State lawmakers return to Jefferson City.

April 30, 2020 — Galloway calls for comprehensive, universal testing in high-risk environments, such as food processing, manufacturing, and long-term care or nursing facilities to encourage preventative testing and transparency for Missouri workers and families. 

May 3, 2020 — The extended stay at home order expires, Governor Parson announces phased plan to reopen the state.

May 13, 2020 — Missouri surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 500 deaths.

May 15, 2020 — On the last day of legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed an absentee voting expansion for elections in 2020. 

 

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