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.
Expanding reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) by opening public and private supply chains, and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort.
Continuing to monitor and, if necessary, expanding hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home.
Improving the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.
Take the Show Me Strong Pledge
Missourians are strong, resilient and ready to get back to business. The backbone of a healthy economic recovery depends on everyone’s willingness to help control the spread of COVID-19.
The Show Me Strong Pledge is a voluntary commitment to take a few simple steps that will aid in protecting the well-being of all Missourians.
Show Me Strong Initiatives
These are great resources for Missouri’s businesses, communities, and citizens.
Learn more about these new programs and how to apply below.
rapid Broadband deployment
Nearly $50 million in relief funds to aid in broadband expansion and COVID-19 response in the areas of telehealth, libraries, and education.
sMALL bUSINESS gRANT pROGRAM
$30 million to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of costs of business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
PPE Production Grant Program
$20 million to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Return Strong initiative is aimed at strengthening Missouri’s Workforce as it bounces back from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
tourism industry relief
$15 million to aid destination marketing organizations as they encourage safe travel and rebuild the state’s tourism economy.
Business recovery lab
A new online platform designed to assist businesses as they look to become more resilient and adapt to COVID-19 disruptions.
Small Communities Operating Capital Loan Relief Program
$5 million loan program through the Missouri Development Finance Board for incorporated municipalities under 25,000 in population to assist with the challenges associated with COVID-19.
coworking and incubator grant program
$1 million for eligible Missouri-based non-profit corporation and university-sponsored coworking and incubator facilities to adjust to safety guidelines associated with COVID-19.
Nonprofit Relief and recovery Grant Program
Up to $22 million for Missouri nonprofits assisting communities in response
Missouri Meat and Poultry Processing Grant Program
$20 million in CARES Act funding for Missouri to support Missouri meat and poultry processing facilities to address supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Missouri Family-owned farms Grant Program
$7.5 million in CARES Act funding for Missouri family-owned farms and family farm corporations.
Missouri Mental Health Programs
$37 million in CARES Act funding for Missouri behavioral health and developmental disabilities services.
General Guidelines to Reopen Missouri’s Economy
In light of the expiration of Executive Order 20-09, it is still recommended that Missourians limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves. More prescriptive requirements may exist in your community, and individuals are encouraged to check local public health authorities for further guidance.
Missouri’s economy is reopening helping Missourians get back to work. This reopening is possible because of our efforts to pull together and achieve progress on the four health care pillars. This resulted in:
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We have learned and accomplished so much since March. Knowing what we know now, we are much better prepared to deal with COVID-19 going forward, and we are fully confident that Missouri is ready to reopen.
~ Governor Mike Parson
June 11, 2020