Auditor Galloway calls for a statewide stay-at-home order

March 31, 2020

Columbia, Mo. — Auditor Nicole Galloway is calling on Governor Parson to issue a statewide state-at-home order. Governor Parson has repeatedly resisted calls to issue a statewide order and has instead forced local leaders to set policy on their own. Public health experts, organizations representing healthcare workers, faith leaders, business leaders, and local governments have all urged the Governor to take this step.

“A statewide stay-at-home order is necessary because we have a limited window to take steps that will lessen the surge on our healthcare system and that window is closing rapidly. Continuing to wait only delays the inevitable.” said Galloway. “Failure to address the immediate threat to public health will undermine our economic recovery. Public health experts, front-line hospital workers, and medical professionals have provided clear guidance on what our state needs to do to make it through this crisis. We are all in this together. I know Missourians will rise to this unprecedented challenge and emerge stronger from it.”

The statewide order should be crafted to allow citizens to continue accessing essential services. As of yesterday, thirty states and the District of Columbia have some form of formal stay-at-home orders in place.  These states are balancing the need to provide citizens with essential services with the need to flatten the curve before hospitals become overwhelmed. The absence of a statewide order undermines the efforts of those local communities with stronger guidelines than the state as a whole, as Missouri’s healthcare systems service wide geographic areas.

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