Bates County Memorial Covid Hotline Information Phase1B, Tier 3

COVID-19 Vaccines

OUR STATUS: BCMH continues to periodically receive COVID-19 vaccines.  As of March 15, 2021, individuals who qualify for Phase 1B, Tier 3 will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines state-wide, according to Missouri’s vaccination plan.

Who is eligible?

In Missouri, individuals who currently qualify for the current phases/tiers include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Longterm-care facility residents
  • Public Health Administrators and Staff, Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Corrections, Emergency Management, Public Works, Emergency Services
  • Anyone aged 65 and older
  • Adults over the age of 18 at increased risk for severe illness with the following conditions: cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease),  Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, Heart Conditions such as heart failure, CAD (coronary artery disease) or cardiomyopathies, Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, Severe Obesity (BMI >40kg/m2), Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Critical infrastructure occupations:  Educators – Pre-K – 12, Licensed Childcare Facilities, Communications Sector, Dams Sector, Energy Sector, Food/Agriculture Sector – including grocery and convenience store workers, Government, Information Technology Sector, Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector; Transportation Systems Sector, Water and Wastewater Systems Sector.

View the complete Eligibility List, or visit Missouri’s vaccination website at

Sign Up for the Vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, you may be able to get the vaccine at local pharmacies or health departments. BCMH holds vaccine clinics when we receive a supply. BCMH Vaccine clinics are by appointment only.

  1. Sign up for Bates County Memorial Hospital’s contact list for the COVID-19 vaccine by calling our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 660-200-7046.
  2. Use Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator, a secure online registry tool for all Missouri residents to sign up for the vaccine. Those who do not have online access may call Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

What will the CoVID-19 Vaccine Cost?

Patients will have no out-of-pocket cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn about COVID-19 vaccines from trusted sources.

BCMH CoVID-19 Vaccine News

A CoVID-19 Virtual Forum was recorded on Dec. 16, 2020, featuring our Director of Pharmacy and a panel of physicians answering questions from our community about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.

Boating & Thunderstorms Don’t Mix!

Springtime in Missouri means ever-changing weather. In the last month, Missourians have seen thunderstorms as well as clear days in the 70s. When it’s warm out, spring is a great time to enjoy Missouri’s many lakes and rivers. But, remember that thunderstorms develop quickly this time of year.

When a thunderstorm looms on the horizon, it’s time to get ashore. Lightning, torrential rain, and rough waters can turn a pleasurable outing into a life-threatening situation in moments. An unaware boater or fisherman can be taken by surprise, and not realize the danger a thunderstorm brings. Severe conditions can quickly overwhelm smaller craft, resulting in swamping, capsizing, collisions, falls overboard, and other dangerous occurrences. Some thunderstorms can create microbursts–intense downdrafts over an area a half-mile to 2.5 miles wide─capable of producing wind gusts from 60 mph to more than 100 mph. Microbursts can capsize a small boat or blow a passenger overboard.

Before leaving the marina or launch ramp, boaters should check their local weather stations for storm warnings and other weather alerts. Understand that knowing there’s a “chance of a thunderstorm” won’t necessarily tell a boater when one is headed his or her way.

Weather fronts typically move in from the west/southwest, so scan the horizon in that direction periodically for lightning flashes and other signs. Recognizing that a “lowering ceiling” — flat clouds getting lower and thicker — indicates an approaching storm front. To determine the distance of an approaching storm, count the number of seconds between the flash of lighting and the sound of thunder then divide the number of seconds by five. This will give you a rough idea of the distance in miles. If you notice signs of an approaching storm, immediately head for the nearest boat ramp or dock. These fast-developing thunderstorms are usually short in duration. Never try to outrun the storm in open water.

If you do get caught on the water during a thunderstorm, make sure everyone in the boat is wearing a properly secured life jacket. Have your passengers sit low and in the center of the boat. Then, head for bank of the river or shore of the lake. Make sure all doors, windows, and hatches are closed to reduce the risk of swamping and to keep the bilge free of water. If there is lightning, disconnect all electrical equipment. If you are in a small boat, which could easily capsize or swamp, or if the conditions get too bad, head to shore immediately, beach your boat, and seek shelter.

Weather can be both friend and foe to fishermen and recreational boaters. Staying alert to weather changes and taking appropriate action when necessary goes a long way toward safeguarding both lives and property.

Remember: Make sure everyone on board is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket every time you are on the water.

If you experience an emergency or see another boater in danger, dial *55 on your cell phone to reach the nearest troop headquarters. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will respond. We’re here to help.

Registered Sex Offender in Butler

Darryl B. Heckadon (DOB 5/2/1992) registered as a sex offender today in Bates County. On 5/11/2015 Heckadon was convicted of 2 counts of Statutory Sodomy and 1 county of Endangering the welfare of a child. He is residing at 6239 NW County Road 4002 in Butler, MO. Heckadon is classified as a Tier 3 Sex Offender.

Warsaw Senior Center offers computer use for virtual family visits, classes

Are you an older adult who longs to connect with relatives or friends who live far away? Does Zoom technology still seem foreign to you?

 Care Connection’s Warsaw Senior Center staff can remove the mystery from the concept of a virtual computer visit with family and friends.

The center is still closed to indoor dining and activities; however, we are offering a space and video-equipped computer to older adults who want to try out virtual visits for socializing, joining a remote class or activity, or seeing family members without leaving the community.

Care Connection is offering dozens of online sessions ranging from education on Medicare to Bingo. The same space is available for older adults to use for telehealth appointments with physicians in other communities.

The service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center, 17571 N. Dam Access Road.

Staff members will be available to help you sign in and learn how to use the technology.

Benton County is one of three counties where Care Connection is piloting the program.

If you are interested in using the computer space, you may call Margie Hetherington at 660-438-3300 to make an appointment. The use of the space is being offered free of charge to people 60 and older; contributions are always accepted.

Care Connection for Aging Services is a nonprofit area agency on aging serving 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Benton through 22 locations, including the Warsaw Senior Center.  The mission is to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. To learn more, call 1-800-748-7826.