The Delta Variant thrives in a state of political and public health discord
State of Missouri picture of Gov. Mike Parson.

ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri. Earlier this summer, as covid-19 case counts began to tick up when the highly transmissible delta variant took hold in the state, the Republican-majority legislature successfully enacted laws limiting public health powers and absolving businesses from covid legal exposure. The state health officer post has sat vacant since Dr. Randall Williams resigned suddenly in late April — leaving Missouri witho...