In a public statement on Thursday, June 11, you said “we must remember that COVID-19 is not gone.” I agree and appreciate your sentiment, but there’s a catch: that means our work is not yet done. While coronavirus continues to spread across the nation and around the world, including within our state, it is imperative that we maintain the restrictions that will allow us to recover in the long term. According to data from http://covidactnow.org, Missouri’s R-naught is at 1.03, meaning cases are growing, and our contact tracing is critically low at 7%. I am calling upon you to leave Phase I restrictions in place at the state level — not rely on local measures, which cannot and will not cover the state at the required level — and evaluate the necessity of enhancing restrictions until the R-naught is sustained below 1. I am also calling upon you to radically scale up contact tracing efforts, including via technology introduced by Apple and Google, so that children can return to school in the fall and our workers can get back to business when it is safe and sustainable to do so.