I heard recently heard this perspective about what’s going on in our world today, and I though I’d share with you.  

About 80 years ago, our grandparents, through no fault of their own and because of the circumstances of the world at the time, were asked to go to war. They travelled halfway around the world for several years and risked their lives to fight for freedom. 

Today we, through no fault of our own and because of the circumstances of the world at this time, are asked to sit in the comfort of our homes for a few weeks. If they can do what they did, we can do this.  Be smart, be safe and soon we will reconvene and finish our unfinished business. Stay safe! 

 

Governor Parson Shares Guidelines to Combat Spread of COVID-19

As the state of Missouri works to mitigate the spread and impact of the coronavirus, Governor Mike Parson is encouraging Missourians to follow guidelines based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as federal guidance from the Trump Administration.

Missourians are encouraged to:

• Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

• If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

• If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

• If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.

• If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

• If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

• Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

• Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 50 people. 

• Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.

• Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.

• Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

• Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface; avoid touching your face; sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

• Practice common sense and personal responsibility.

Parson also noted the state has taken several steps to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Missouri, including the restriction or suspension of visitors at Missouri’s veterans homes, correctional facilities, and mental health facilities. Public tours and events in the State Capitol have also been shut down. 

In accordance with CDC recommendations, the governor has strongly urged the cancellation or suspension of public gatherings of 50 individuals or more. He also has asked that facilities attracting large concentrations of senior citizens strongly consider restrictions or closures, in consultation with health authorities, to protect those most vulnerable to the virus.

Parson also announced that Missouri casinos will be closed through March 30, 2020, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For more information, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus. 

Those with questions regarding COVID-19 can also call the DHSS hotline at (877) 435-8411.

It’s an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss an issue, please call (573) 751-9459. You can also email me at randy.pietzman@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.