Gov. Parson makes announcement on Missouri's stay-at-home order

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece emerge from the governor's...
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece emerge from the governor's office in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Parson announced that Missouri's first death from the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease occurred Wednesday. Treece said it happened at University Hospital in Columbia. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb) (KY3)
Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 9:41 AM CDT
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Missouri's stay-at-home order has been extended to May 3, according to Gov. Mike Parson.

The state's stay-at-home order went into effect April 6 and was set to expire April 24.

Gov. Parson and Missouri leaders will monitor the state's situation from now to May 4 before determining when the state could re-open. The state will work with hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a plan.

Parson says there are two phases of emphasis to get the state reopened:

1. Protecting healthcare workers, first responders and direct care workers.

2. Strategically reopening businesses supported by testing data and insights from employers and employees, which could happen as soon as May 4.

Parson says recovery plan for Missouri would rely on four essential pillars:

1.Rapidly expand testing capacity, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity.

2.Expand reserves of PPE by opening public & private supply chains.

3.Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including alternate care facilities.

4.Improve the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data.

Late Wednesday night, Parson said on his Facebook page that he would make an announcement Thursday "after a number of conversations with local elected officials and other governors."

Parson said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon that his administration was preparing for the day "to move the economy forward."

As of Thursday, Missouri has reported more than 5,000 cases and 150 deaths from COVID-19.

Watch the latest update with our embedded stream below:

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson is updating the state on the stay-at-home order | WATCH HERE

Posted by KY3 on Thursday, April 16, 2020