Three More Covid-19 Cases in Bates County

August 5, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 3 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County which include:  2 females and 1 male all from Butler.  All 3 were either household or close contacts of a previous reported case.

All contact tracing has been done and any parties that have had close contact, as reported to us by the positive cases, were notified.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.

At this time, Bates County has had 50 positives cases, 8 of which are currently active and isolated.

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!


Small House Fire Sends One to the Hospital with Minor Burns

This morning, August 5th, the Butler Fire Department along with Bates County EMS and Butler Police Department were on the scene of a fire that occurred in the laundry room of a house at 409 S. Olive Street in Butler.

The fire is out at this time. One male subject was taken to Bates County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle for treatment of minor burns on his face and hands.

Fire crews remained on scene for a short period of time to help ventilate the house of smoke.

Courtesy of Mid-America Live News

Cedar County Barn Quilt Workshop to be offered in Stockton and El Dorado Springs

Workshops for painted barn quilts on August 28th in Stockton, MO and August 29th in El Dorado Springs, MO. The Stockton event will be held at the Stockton Community Building (209 North St.) and the El Dorado Springs event will be held at the El Dorado Springs High School (901 S. Grand Ave.)  Both events will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Cost is $30 per person.

Participants should bring their desired size of signboard (MDO) or plywood, 1/2 inch thick, with two coats of primer, containers for extra paint, and if possible an extension cord with hairdryer to assist in drying time.  Based on the complexity of the pattern and drying time, it can difficult to complete the barn quilt in our allotted time, so it’s important to bring the containers for paint needed to complete your project.  Instruction, pencils, brushes, paint and tape will all be provided.

Remember that barn quilts are not just for barns!  Smaller barn quilts (such as a 2’ x 2’) may be placed on the outside of homes, garages or shop buildings, businesses or churches.  Use a variety of similar pattern on 12” x 12” boards (can be found in most craft sections) to create a unique primitive wall gallery in an interior wall in your home.  The possibilities are endless for this distinctive piece of art!

To register for either barn quilt workshop, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417-276-3313 or by email at

The Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair

The Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair will take place next week in a new format with health & safety protocols in place. Families who pre-registered will attend either an in-person or drive-thru event at Mill-Walk Mall, (2601 Cantrell Road). Families will be able to pick up items they pre-registered for including school supplies and shoes.

The in-person event will be Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm and the drive-thru event is Tuesday, August, 18th, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Families will receive a reminder with the date they selected during registration.