Bates County Memorial Covid Update: Masks Recommended as COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rises in Bates County

Masks recommended as COVID-19 Positivity Rates Go Up in Bates County

The number of positive cases for COVID-19 is on the rise in Bates County. Following safety precautions is still strongly advised, like wearing a mask when you are around others who do not live in your household.

So far in November, 26.3% of patients who tested for COVID-19 through Bates County Memorial Hospital and Family Care Clinics have tested positive. This is a sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases, compared to 13.3% in October and 4.5% in September.

Wearing a Mask is an Effective Safety Measure

“Wearing a mask decreases your risk of COVID-19 exposure from droplets you inhale through your mouth and nose,” said Dr. James Patterson, a family practice physician for Family Care Clinics.  “Just by wearing a mask, you could save a person’s life by slowing the spread of the virus. Masks help people who have the virus and may not know it from transmitting it to others.”

A Community Effort

With cases and hospitalizations going up locally, regionally and nationwide, it’s easy to feel mentally and emotionally drained hearing COVID-19 information. When you feel “virus fatigue”, remember that it is up to everyone in our community working together to slow the spread of the virus, and we can do it, together.

Keep Following Precautions to Slow the Spread of the Virus

Until a vaccine is available, safety precautions are as important as ever.  

  • Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms 
  • If you think you might have COVID-19, stay at home except for obtaining medical care
  • Stay 6 feet away from others who aren’t household members
  • Wear your face mask in public 
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid crowded areas and gatherings

We’re Ready to Keep You Protected

The COVID-19 pandemic has created changes and challenges for everyone. Know that Bates County Memorial Hospital prioritizes your health and wellbeing, now as much as ever. We encourage you to keep taking steps to protect your overall health.

“Wearing a mask decreases your risk of COVID-19 exposure from droplets you inhale through your mouth and nose,” said Dr. James Patterson, a family practice physician for Family Care Clinics.  “Just by wearing a mask, you could save a person’s life by slowing the spread of the virus. Masks help people who have the virus and may not know it from transmitting it to others.”


Current Special Session to Include COVID-19 Liability Legislation

Dear Citizens:  A week after Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo called on Gov. Mike Parson to expand the scope of the current special session, the governor responded by asking lawmakers to work on COVID-19 liability legislation. Now, legislators who had already returned to Jefferson City to work on a supplemental budget bill will also consider liability protections for health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations, among others.  

In calling for the governor to expand the scope of the special session, Vescovo noted that “there are simple steps we can take to support our struggling businesses, as well as the hospitals and health care workers trying to keep Missourians safe.” He said, “Right now there are numerous small businesses afraid to open because of the threat of litigation tied to COVID-19.

Additionally, many of our hospitals and health care professionals are asking us to help them to better be able to do their jobs by passing commonsense COVID-19 liability protections.”

As he expanded the call of the session, Parson noted that during the pandemic Missouri’s hospitals and health care providers have altered practices and operations accordingly to respond and provide care to COVID-19 patients. He also pointed out that manufacturers, businesses, and many other entities across the state have modified operations, provided equipment and supplies, and remained open to ensure continued access to basic goods and services for Missouri citizens. 

The legislation the governor has asked lawmakers to consider includes three main provisions regarding liability protection: 

  • Liability protection for health care workers who provide care as necessitated by a declared state of emergency
  • Products liability protection for any person who designs, manufactures, labels, sells, distributes, or donates products in direct response to a declared state of emergency
  • Premises liability protection for exposure claims related to a declared state of emergency 

Parson said, “Since the start of COVID-19, our health care providers have gone above and beyond to respond to COVID-19 and provide exceptional care in an unprecedented and rapidly changing environment. Many other organizations across the state have also been instrumental in our response efforts, including manufacturers, businesses, churches, and schools, just to name a few.”

He added, “None of these groups should be penalized for their efforts to respond to a declared state of emergency. They must be able to continue operating and serving the public without risk of unnecessary and frivolous claims.”

The Missouri House met Tuesday, November 10 to approve a supplemental budget bill designed to provide additional resources to respond to COVID-19. The legislation is now in the hands of the Senate, which plans to meet soon to consider it. Lawmakers will now work to pass the COVID-19 legislation before they conclude the special session.

Butler Senior Center Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cancelled for this year.

The traditional Butler Senior Center Thanksgiving meal will not be served this year due to Covid-19 Restrictions.

The meal was started by Judge John O’Bannon and is now under the direction of Judge Julie Highley.

The feast and all the trimmings is a meal prepared yearly by volunteers for the Senior Citizens or those not having family to share the Thanksgiving Holiday meal with.

We hope next year gets us all back to normal and this tradition will continue.

Annual World Wide Candle Lighting Ceremony

Excitement is building as the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony approaches for 2020. Family and friends around the globe will unite as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.

As candles are lit at 7 pm local time, December 13 th a virtual wave of light will be created as hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious and political boundaries.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from the compassionate friends, creates a virtual 24 hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.

Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the remembrance book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website. All allied bereavement organizations, churches, funeral homes, hospices and formal and informal bereavement groups are invited to join in the December 13 th Worldwide Candle lighting at 7 pm.

See Local Links on the website for the link .

We now pause for a moment of silence to honor those that have left this world to early .Our hope is  that  you cherish  the precious memories of time spent together  and that you are blessed with  a peace  that lasts the rest of your life.