But now Missouri and several other states face the scariest scenario: skyrocketing cases and an overwhelmed health care system. In this nightmare, people who desperately need medical care can’t get it because there isn’t enough space, staff or resources. How many times does Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, need to cry during press briefings about record-breaking COVID hospitalizations, begging Gov. Just this week, a new study from St. Louis University found that the mask mandates in St. Louis and St. Louis County quickly and drastically slowed coronavirus infection rates this summer compared with outlying counties. Would they sign a similar release waiving their right to medical care?