Auditor Nicole Galloway calls on the Governor to declare a public health emergency in Missouri

March 13, 2020

Columbia, Mo. — Today, Auditor Nicole Galloway is calling on Governor Mike Parson to issue a formal declaration of a public health emergency under his authority in RSMo Chapter 44.100. Missourians look for guidance and leadership from the Governor. There are steps we can take now to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors from the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Auditor Galloway made the following statement:

“The Governor must issue an emergency declaration so that the state can access funds and take additional actions to respond to this growing public health emergency. These funds are needed immediately to rapidly expand the availability of testing for COVID-19. An emergency declaration gives the Governor unique powers that can expand the availability of public health resources and control community spread of the disease. 

Governors from both parties are taking these steps. As we have seen in other states and across the globe, this disease spreads quickly. While it may seem like we’re not in the midst of a pandemic now, it’s only a matter of time unless we act accordingly. Hope is not enough.”

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