Parson outlines plan for state's recovery

Parson outlines plan for state's recovery

In Friday’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted Missouri’s “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan to safely and gradually reopen the state’s economy. 

Parson was joined at the briefing by Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Rob Dixon, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams.

“Between now and May 4, we will continue to monitor the situation and work with Missouri's hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a data driven plan,” the governor said. “We will also be reaching out to the business community, as well as county and city government, to put these plans in place for May 4 and begin the first phase of reopening Missouri.” 

He introduced the plan following yesterday’s extension of the “Stay Home Missouri” order into the first few days of May. The plan is deliberate and data-driven, with two initial phases intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal.

Additionally, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan rests on four essential pillars: Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state,    including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus; Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort; Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home; and Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data.

This framework will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to broader economic recovery. Specifically, Missouri’s economic recovery plans will focus on the state's diversity of its people, businesses, communities, and infrastructure, among other factors. 

Missouri is still currently in the immediate response phase and will soon move to the gradual reopening phase, driven by Missouri-specific public health data. 

“No matter how long it takes, I assure you we will recover from this and come back better than before. I look forward to seeing Missourians safe, healthy, and back to work,” Parson said.

Also during today’s briefing, Director Dixon provided an update on several other economic development relief efforts. Early in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts, Parson directed the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and DED to seek assistance for Missouri businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. 

As a result, 46,481 Missouri small businesses have been approved for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, ranking Missouri 10th in the nation for the number of businesses that have been approved. In total, these businesses were approved for more than $7.5 billion, putting Missouri at 15th in the nation for total dollars approved. 

Yesterday, the SBA announced that it has subscribed its full $350 billion for the program, and there is no additional funding available.