State of Missouri: Governor Parson Announces End To Covid-19 Crisis In Missouri

State of Missouri: Governor Parson Announces End To Covid-19 Crisis In Missouri. ” Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced an end to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri and that the state will be shifting to an endemic phase of the pandemic on Friday, April 1, 2022. A whole-of-government COVID-19 emergency response was taken for more than two years, an effort that responded to the needs of all Missourians during the global pandemic and sustained state operations as more was learned about the novel virus. Vaccines, testing resources, and treatments are now readily available for all Missourians, and much of the population now has some immunity to the virus.”

Springfield News-Leader: Federal grant expands library’s online photo collection of Ozarks’ life and history

Springfield News-Leader: Federal grant expands library’s online photo collection of Ozarks’ life and history. “A $10,000 federal grant is expanding the Springfield-Greene County Library’s online digital collection of photographs ‘vividly documenting a period of rapid change in Springfield and the Ozarks.’ Part of the digital collection ‘From the Darkroom,’ library staff will add 5,000 more digital images to the nearly 29,000 images already acquired. Those images originate from the Springfield News-Leader’s estimated 2.7 million photographs and negatives from 1945 to 2011.”

Missouri Independent: Parson digs in against evidence absolving reporter he accused of being a ‘hacker’

Missouri Independent: Parson digs in against evidence absolving reporter he accused of being a ‘hacker’. “Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday once again refused to accept the conclusions of an investigation by the highway patrol and Cole County prosecutor surrounding a reporter who uncovered a security flaw in a state website. Speaking to a gathering of reporters and editors in the governor’s mansion for Missouri Press Association Day, Parson restated his accusation that a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stole the personal information of teachers.”

Report: Missouri Governor’s Office Responsible for Teacher Data Leak (Krebs on Security)

Krebs on Security: Report: Missouri Governor’s Office Responsible for Teacher Data Leak. “Missouri Governor Mike Parson made headlines last year when he vowed to criminally prosecute a journalist for reporting a security flaw in a state website that exposed personal information of more than 100,000 teachers. But Missouri prosecutors now say they will not pursue charges following revelations that the data had been exposed since 2011 — two years after responsibility for securing the state’s IT systems was centralized within Parson’s own Office of Administration.”

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: COVID-19 exposure-alert system that uses smartphones expands in Missouri

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: COVID-19 exposure-alert system that uses smartphones expands in Missouri. “Washington University in St. Louis is expanding access to MO/Notify, a smartphone system that privately sends pop-up alerts to users in Missouri when they have spent time near someone who later tests positive for COVID-19. The system uses the same COVID-19 Exposure Notifications System developed by Google and Apple that is now available in more than 25 states, including California, Alabama, North Carolina and Wisconsin.”

State of Missouri: Federal Medical Team Headed To St. Louis To Assist Hospital Staff Following State Request

State of Missouri: Federal Medical Team Headed To St. Louis To Assist Hospital Staff Following State Request. “Today, Governor Mike Parson announced a specialized medical team of U.S. military personnel, which includes doctors and nurses, is being deployed to the St. Louis region to support hospital staff strained by COVID-19. The team is expected to be in place at BJC Christian Hospital next week.”

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri AG Schmitt files anti-mask lawsuits against school districts

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri AG Schmitt files anti-mask lawsuits against school districts. “The suits allege that school districts do not have the authority to impose public health orders for children. Several parents within the districts are named as plaintiffs in the suits that were filed in the counties where the school districts are located. The lawsuits are part of Schmitt’s ongoing effort to force Missouri schools to drop mask mandates and other COVID-19 mitigation policies. Schmitt is a Republican running for U.S. Senate.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Patients wait in ERs for days as COVID-19 patients overwhelm St. Louis-area hospitals

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Patients wait in ERs for days as COVID-19 patients overwhelm St. Louis-area hospitals. “People unsure of their illness leaving before they are seen by doctors. Sick patients waiting for hours, sometimes days, in an emergency room because there is nowhere for them to be admitted. Others dying in small-town hospitals unable to access the services they need in urban centers like St. Louis. Those are some of the scenarios Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer for Mercy Hospital South, said are playing out in emergency departments across the region as the hyper-infectious omicron variant pushes COVID-19 hospitalizations to record levels and sickens health care staff.”

Missouri Independent: Governor looks to target Missouri Sunshine Law during legislative session

Missouri Independent: Governor looks to target Missouri Sunshine Law during legislative session. “Amending Missouri’s open records law to permit government agencies to withhold more information from the public — and charge more for any records that are turned over — is among Gov. Mike Parson’s priorities for the 2022 legislative session. The changes, which were outlined in a presentation to Parson’s cabinet that was obtained by The Independent through an open records request, include a proposal to allow government agencies to charge fees for the time attorneys spend reviewing records requested by the public.”

KMIZ: Share of breakthrough coronavirus infections increasing as omicron spreads in Missouri

KMIZ: Share of breakthrough coronavirus infections increasing as omicron spreads in Missouri. “Missouri is seeing a larger share of fully vaccinated or previously infected people getting the coronavirus amid a surge powered by the more transmissible omicron variant. The share of breakthrough infections in Missouri has hit pandemic highs over the last two weeks. Those cases made up nearly 22% of new infections last week and 46% of new cases the week before, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Nearly 8% of cases so far in January are in people previously infected with the virus.”