Derek Kravitz is the investigations and data editor of MuckRock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site that focuses on public records and accountability journalism.
Documents show that by mid-March, Missouri’s public health agencies would transition to treat the virus as endemic, like it does the seasonal flu, without daily reporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
A recent study found that nearly 1,900 Missourians who died of COVID-19 would have survived 2020 with a statewide mask mandate. But mask requirements have become a political touchstone in Missouri and around the country, with clear partisan dividing lines.
Jurisdictions with mask mandates averaged 15.8 COVID cases per day for every 100,000 residents, compared to 21.7 in unmasked communities.