Auditor Galloway Statement on the Urgent Need for a Reset on Missouri’s COVID-19 Strategy

August 28, 2020

Columbia, Mo. — Citing a steady increase in cases since August 17, an alarming rise in case positivity, and rising hospitalizations, Boone County officials instituted new restrictions today

Stephanie Browning, Columbia/Boone County Health Director, cited a 7-day positivity rate of 44.6% in the community as “evidence of widespread community transmission.” The case rate per 10,000 in Columbia exceeded 50 yesterday, which crosses the threshold for Columbia Public Schools to move to fully virtual learning.

Yesterday, Jefferson County joined the list of local communities to institute a mask mandate as cases continue to increase throughout the state. Statewide, the case positivity rate has climbed steadily to over 13%.

Auditor Galloway made the following statement:

“Local health officials are making hard decisions based on data and science. Missouri is clearly backsliding. It didn’t have to be this way. Governor Parson’s recovery plan isn’t working. We  urgently need a reset on our coronavirus strategy and the Parson administration must take action now to halt the spread of the virus, avoid future restrictions on businesses, and further economic harm.”

This week, Galloway put forward her comprehensive COVID-19 reset plan. It urges the Governor’s administration to be more fully engaged in containment and recovery efforts. Galloway would order masks statewide, engage more directly with local health officials on contact tracing, convene experts on public health and economic stabilization to guide policy, and establish clear metrics to guide data driven decision making about safely returning to in-person school.

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