March 21, 2020

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Latest News, Missouri

ICYMI: What Missourians Are Reading This Weekend

This weekend, Missourians across the state awoke to headlines describing the desperate measures state business leaders and health care advocates are going to to get Gov. Mike Parson to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

Throughout the ever-growing crisis, Parson has refused to show decisive leadership, instead, lagging behind his neighboring states. Now, with time running out to curb the crisis, Missouri’s business leaders and health advocates are pleading with him to take action.

KUCR: Leaders Beg Missouri Governor To Order COVID-19 Restrictions, ‘Missouri Must Act Now’

Kansas City and St. Louis business and health care leaders have issued an urgent, blunt warning to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson: Immediately order uniform social distancing across the state to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

KSDK: Regional leaders plead with Gov. Parson to order tighter COVID-19 restrictions

In a letter to Governor Mike Parson, 10 hospital and civic leaders from St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield called on the governor to “immediately order uniform social distancing across Missouri to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The group includes the CEO’s of BJC Health and SSM Health, the Senior Vice President of Mercy St. Louis and President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

FOX 4: KC Chamber urges Gov. Parson to take more stringent action to stem spread of coronavirus

The Kansas City Chamber of commerce and other civic organizations are urging Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to take more strict action to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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“As civic organizations representing employers and businesses across the Kansas City region, we strongly support you taking executive action to accomplish social distancing in Missouri to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the letter reads.

FOX 4: Health department leaders implore Gov. Parson to implement stricter statewide restrictions

As states across the country move to restrict public movement to involve only the basics, a group of Missouri health leaders are asking that Governor Mike Parson follow suit in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence, which Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer is vice president of, sent Parson a letter on Friday that FOX4 obtained with a list of restriction requests, including that people only leave their homes for food, medical care, or to go to work.

KSHB: Major Kansas City-area civic groups urge more action from Gov. Parson

Gov. Mike Parson has repeatedly said Missourians need to take “personal responsibility” for social distancing and vowed that he won’t close businesses.

Now, three Kansas City area civic groups with deep business roots have sent a letter to Parson, urging him to take more action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.