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Missouri state departments to continue precautions for workers, public

by Phillip Sitter | June 17, 2020 at 5:05 a.m. | Updated June 17, 2020 at 12:46 p.m.
In this file photo, workers cross a seventh-floor walkway under a bright blue sky Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, 2011, in the atrium of the Harry S Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City.

Though state restrictions have been lifted, precautions by Missouri's state departments against COVID-19 have not been.

"Most departments will not experience significant changes in their day-to-day operations in the next week because they have been continually adapting their operations to serve our citizens," Missouri's Chief Operation Officer Drew Erdmann said Friday. "In line with the state's recovery plan guidance, for instance, many workers will continue to work remotely; others will work with alternative shift arrangements."

Erdmann added, "Health screenings will continue at major state government buildings for the foreseeable future. We will also continue to encourage citizens to access state services virtually wherever possible."

The most recent published information from the Office of Administration on building access for state workers is available at

State office buildings with 300 or more employees are to have screenings, per that information.

In Jefferson City, that includes the Missouri Capitol; the Harry S. Truman, Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson and Howerton state office buildings; and the buildings at 920 and 930 Wildwood Drive and 3418 Knipp Drive.

Smaller facilities rely on people self-screening - staying out if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

OA spokesman Chris Moreland said Tuesday that 31 percent of the state's workforce was still working remotely - almost 11,900 workers.

More than 38,200 state employees were back at their usual work locations, Moreland said. At the peak of the pandemic so far, almost 40 percent of state workers were doing their jobs remotely.

Erdmann said state departments will continue to operate by guidance outlined in the state's Show Me Strong Recovery Plan and also from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and "other public health resources."

"Our department leaders will continue to adapt business operations as appropriate based upon the latest public health data and guidance," Erdmann said.

More information for state workers is also available at

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