We believe Missourians deserve better health outcomes.  

COVID Prevention

Missouri has a statewide plan to vaccinate residents as efficiently as possible, as more COVID vaccine becomes available. Vaccination prioritization is based on CDC and ACIP guidance, but decided by DHSS based on the highest risk and most effective utilization for the state.


MOCPHE encourages all Missourians to wait patiently as more COVID vaccine becomes available and listen to local public health agencies and partners for  more information on when and where to get vaccinated.


Vaccination will not be the only solution to stopping COVID. MOCPHE agress that individual responsibility is still important. All Missourians must work together to stop COVID transmission, by getting vaccinated, continuing to wear a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance from others, washing hands, and staying home when ill. Each of these strategies is vital to stopping the COVID pandemic.


A statewide mask order would provide added incentive for Missourians to take action to reduce virus transmission and save lives. In a letter dated November 16, 2020, MOCPHE urged Governor Parson to issue a statewide mask order and limit indoor dining and entertainment.

Face Coverings Effective

MOCPHE joins Missouri Foundation for Health in calling for all Missouri residents and visitors to wear masks, and for all leaders to encourage and require the wearing of face masks.


Public health experts in Missouri and across the country have been monitoring the global pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2. Because this coronavirus is so new, evidence regarding transmission, mitigation, and treatment is rapidly evolving.


Face masks reduce disease spread by decreasing the likelihood that infectious respiratory droplets from persons with COVID-19 travel into the air and infect uninfected people. MOCPHE recommends the use of face masks by the general public when outside the home and supports face mask requirements, like those being putting in place in many jurisdictions in Missouri.

MOCPHE Policy Paper  (Spanish)

Local Jurisdiction Orders

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities, several local jurisdictions in Missouri have ordered face masks be worn whenever outside of the home. Local public health agencies are given the responsibility and authoritiy under Missouri Revised State Statutes, Chapter 205, Section 100 to set rules and regulatoins to ensure and protect health.

Adair County (until rescinded)

Audrain County (Advisory through 1/15/2021)

Monett (through 1/31/2021)

Buchanan County, St. Joseph (until 2/14/2021)

Callaway County (through 3/1/2021)

Cape Girardeau (extended 10/27/2020)

Christian County, Ozark (through 4/30/2021), Nixa (extended through state of emergency 12/21/2020)

Clay County (until rescinded)

Boone County (through 1/19/2021), Columbia (through 1/19/2021)

Franklin County, City of Washington (until rescinded)

Grundy County (through 2/9/2021)

Henry County (until rescinded), Clinton (until rescinded), Windsor (through 3/12/21)

Howell County, West Plains (through 2/2/2021)

Jackson County (updated 7/20/2020)

Jasper County, Joplin (through 2/28/2021)

Jefferson County (through 1/21/2021)

Johnson County (reinstated 10/12/2020)

Kansas City (through 1/16/2021)

Lafayette County (until rescinded)

Lincoln County (through 3/31/2021)

Livingston County (until rescinded)

Nodaway County, Maryville (through 1/31/2021)

North Kansas City (through 1/16/2021)

Pettis County (until rescinded)

Phelps County, Rolla (through 2/2/2021)

Platte County (7/16/2020)

Springfield (through 4/9/2021)

St. Louis City (updated 11/14/2020)

St. Louis County (updated 11/17/2020)

Taney County (until rescinded)

Flu Vaccinations Vital

Public health experts stress the importance of preventing the combination of COVID and influenza this fall. In response to this concern, MOCPHE supports recommendations from CDC and other experts that every person 6 months or older receive a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination this fall. A few exceptions may apply to individuals with medical contraindications to the flu vaccine.

MOCPHE recommends required influenza vaccination for school-aged children.

MOCPHE offers guidance to local public health agencies and health care providers considering safe and effective flu vaccination strategies, while maintaining masking and physical distancing precautions against COVID.

New Members

MOCPHE welcomes new members Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services and Polk County Health Center.

Polk County Health Center operates under the mission to "protect our community's health by offering prevention strategies for a better tomorrow." The department is led by administrator Michelle Morris.


Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is led by director Stephanie Browning. The department's mission is to "promote and protect the health, safety and well-being of Boone County residents." The department coordinates with federal, state and local organizations through leadership, partnership and service to achieve optimal health, safety and well-being for everyone.

Guidance for Schools

MOCPHE recognizes that the Missouri School Board Association's guidance for school districts. MOCPHE recognizes districts face unique situations and there is no standard template that will fit the needs of every school.

MOCPHE offers an updated minimum set of guidelines as a recommendation, to support Missouri school districts in their planning efforts.

MOCPHE disagrees with Missouri's decision to relax quarantine requirements for students exposed to the virus at school. CDC guidance for schools has not changed, and literature to support the state's revised recommendation is very limited. The risk of a child becoming exposed, even if asymptomatic, and taking the virus home to family members cannot be ignored.


Local public health departments and schools are already working together closely and will continue to do so to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

Clear COVID Messaging

The One For All MO campaign encourages all public health agencies and partners to use a single set of consistent, clear messages to reduce confusion and help Missourians make the best possible decisions about their own health and protect their communities from COVID-19.


The campaign is a partnership between MOCPHE and Missouri Foundation for Health. Core key messages, tools, and templates can be used by all Missouri public health agencies and partners.

Start sharing the message! Learn more at https://www.oneforallmo.com/.

Racism & Social Equity

Racism and Social Inequity is a public health crisis. Too many Black Americans have lost their lives and suffered and are suffering.  Racism and Social Inequity has become a part of our public policy, and intertwined into our current public systems, structures, and services. 

MOCPHE is committed to eliminating the systems that have allowed these inequities to exist. Racism and Social Iniquity has no place in our society. MOCPHE is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of public health practice and services are available and accessible to all people from all backgrounds in all regions of Missouri.

View full policy statement​

Listing of Jurisdictions Declaring Racism a Public Health Issue, APHA


In partnership with Missouri's Professional Organizations focused on public health and the #HealthierMO grassroots initiative, MOCPHE sent a letter of support to Governor Parson, encouraging development of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program that builds on the model developed by St. Louis County.

The group is working to identify priority public health issues for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.

Learn more at HealthierMO.org

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