Gov. Mike Parson picked a veteran of Illinois’ emergency management and public health agencies to lead the department that plays a big role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response.
And in his introductory remarks Wednesday to reporters in Jefferson City, Don Kauerauf said there’s a clear solution to Missouri’s rise in COVID-19 cases.
“This all comes back to people need to get vaccinated. It’s a clear answer,” Kauerauf said. “People need to get vaccinated. If you don’t understand the vaccine or need additional information, seek your medical provider. Seek your health authority.”
Kauerauf was assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2016 until his retirement in 2018. He’s been serving as chair of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Kauerauf’s appointment brought a strong