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Monday, December 13, 2021

Local Public Health Agencies across the state of Missouri received a letter from Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt

On December 7, 2021, Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) across the state of Missouri received a letter from Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, regarding a November 22, 2021 court ruling (Robinson v. Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, 20AC-CC005115). 

In this ruling, a Cole County Circuit Court Judge removed the authority given to the state and local public health agencies for quarantine under 19 CSR 20-20.010, CSR 20-20.020 and 19 CSR 20-20.030. 

The Missouri Attorney General is upholding this local court ruling and has informed LPHAs that, “You should stop enforcing and publicizing any such orders immediately.”

As of today, December 13, 2021, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) has not provided any guidance to the LPHAs on the numerous interpretations of this ruling. Therefore, the Bates County Health Center will make the following changes:
• Individuals that test positive for COVID-19 will still be
contacted by our office and our recommendation will be to
visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) for guidance for
isolation.
 
• No close contacts will be notified by our office.
• No further posting of current number of cases, deaths, etc.
• No letters for work or school absences will be issued.

For additional answers to questions pertaining to this situation, please contact the DHSS COVID Hotline (877-435-8411) or the Missouri Attorney General’s Office (573-751-3321).