Auditor Galloway statement on COVID-19 testing

April 18, 2020

Columbia, Mo. — Following yesterday’s briefings from Governor Parson, Auditor Nicole Galloway made the following statement:

“Missouri workers and business owners are eager to get back to work, and they must know doing so is safe and sustainable. We must continue to be guided by public health experts who agree we need to significantly increase our testing capabilities in order to reopen Missouri. Missourians need to know how the Governor’s administration determined 50,000 tests are needed per week in order to reopen and how we’ll get there. About 50,000 tests have been done in total since this crisis began, so the Governor is suggesting an increased testing ability by nearly 500 percent a week. Missourians need the Governor to communicate clearly and to create a transparent database showing our expanding testing capabilities, including where we are testing, the number of tests kits and swabs available, test processing capacity, and the number of tests processed each day in order to give Missourians confidence that a phased reopening can be done responsibly and safely beginning May 4.”

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