In the past two weeks, Missouri has had the second highest rate of new cases in the country, second only to Connecticut, according to the COVID Exit Strategy.
Against this, local public health agencies across the state are trying to ramp up testing and contact tracing but say their hands are tied because the state delivered the federal aid not to them, but to their local county commissions. And the county commissioners in many places have held up the money.
Some counties have paid outside advisers to manage the funds, have put private businesses first or have considered just giving the money back to the federal government.
Red states gonna red state.