Show-Me COVID Victory For Jackson County

Credit where it's due . . . The Courthouse earned a solid victory here in this politically charged battle.

Here's today's news . . .

Missouri Supreme Court supports Jackson and St. Louis Counties’ right to appeal public health case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has upheld the rights of Jackson and St. Louis Counties to challenge a Cole County judge's prior ruling. This pivotal judgment had restricted local health departments in Missouri from issuing vital health orders.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of this case was further amplified as it curtailed the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' (DHSS) ability to impose mask mandates. This finding is particularly crucial, given recent revelations that mask mandates significantly reduced deaths and infections during the delta variant wave. This revelation was made by the DHSS, further emphasizing the importance of the health orders.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s choice not to appeal the Cole County decision left an urgent gap. It was promptly and effectively addressed by the joint efforts of both Jackson and St. Louis Counties who filed a motion to intervene in December 2021.

“Today's unanimous Supreme Court decision is more than just a triumph for Jackson County, it's a ray of hope for our entire state,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “Our primary duty is to protect the health and well-being of our community and this ruling only strengthens our resolve to do so.”

“County Executive White’s unwavering dedication to public health, his willingness to champion our cause and his determination to stand with us have truly made a difference in our efforts to protect the public from the spread of all diseases, not just COVID-19,” said Jackson County Public Health Director Bridgette Shaffer.

With the Supreme Court's decision, the stage is set for local health departments to have a reinforced role in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, ensuring healthier communities across the state. Today’s ruling is attached.


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