Bates County Memorial Covid-19 Update

Bates County Memorial Hospital continues to see high demand for testing for respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, our emergency room and Family Care Clinic staff are feeling the strain. Please be aware that:
– Testing for COVID-19 is not available for non-emergency patients in our Emergency department; please reserve the ER for those who are suffering a medical emergency.
– Testing is not offered for well patients in our Drive-Thru Clinic.
– The High Street Drive-Thru Clinic is not for well patients; it is a sick clinic for testing/evaluation/treatment of patients with mild to moderate symptoms.  Call 660-200-3627 to schedule.
– The Drive-Thru Clinic is not a free testing site; patient or patient’s insurance will be charged for a provider visit and testing or labs performed.
– Testing is available for non-symptomatic patients as an in-clinic visit at Family Care Clinic on a limited basis, and only for patients who have not had a recent positive COVID test and need
testing for: pre-procedure; travel or employer-requested testing.
– Especially during this current wave, appointments are limited for both drive-thru (M,W,F) and well patient clinic appointments.
– Our emergency room is very busy – but we’re here for you in a medical emergency. If you have a respiratory illness and are having troubling symptoms (for example, having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone), get emergency medical care right away.Additional Testing ResourcesPlease search for retail pharmacy options for on-demand testing. Below are a few additional resources for testing.

– The Missouri Dept. of Health (DHSS) offers several free testing events in Kansas City every week. Please note these events are subject to change due to weather. Before heading to an event during these times, it is best to check and make sure the event has not been cancelled. The phone number for the cancellation schedule is 417-362-6398. Check the schedule for KC and other surrounding regions here:
– LabCorp offers appointments at a LabCorp draw station, the cost is $119.00. The patient must pay for the test before they go to the collection site. Appointments are suggested to limit wait times. The closest sites to Bates County are in Lees Summit and Overland Park. Visit LabCorp website for testing details:
– Summer’s Pharmacy of Butler: Call 660-679-5002
– CVS COVID Testing:
– Walgreens COVID Testing:
– CareNow Urgent Care COVID Testing:…/medical-tests/covid-

Rollover Accident in Vernon County

Missouri High Patrol responded to two-car accident on Wednesday, January 5th on Interstate 49 at the 105.6 Mile marker in Vernon County at approximately 6:07pm.

The accident occurred when a 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by Stephen Stover, 61 of Elkins Arkansas, struck a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Hilda Martinez, 48 of Carthage Missouri. 2003 Pontiac overturned and ejected Mr. Stover.

Steven Stover sustained serious injuries and was transported by Helicopter to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin Missouri.

The 2003 Pontiac was towed from the scene by Garwoods Wrecker and the 2000 Suburban was driven from the scene.

News from Henry County

Zachary Brackman was extradited to Henry County from Davidson County, Lexington, North Carolina this week on a warrant for probation violation. His original charges from 2018 were for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of a weapon and Driving While Revoked or Suspended. The cost of his extradition to the Sheriff’s Office was $4,315.00 Brackman remains in custody on a $5,000.00 bond.

Ellett Memorial Hospital January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to J.D. Head for being voted January Employee of the Month for Ellett Memorial Hospital.

He is always positive and willing to help without being asked. J.D. will go to all departments and ask how everyone is doing and tells staff how amazing they are.

J.D. is always ready, prompt, and courteous with an excellent bedside manner that puts patients of Ellett Memorial at ease. J.D. is confident, friendly, and always in a good mood.

He is prompt to take care of patients in the Ellett Memorial ER and helps nursing by stepping into do tasks to free their workload. J.D. has excellent medical skills, very knowledgeable in his profession and a great team player.

He is very easy going, relaxed manner that sometimes hides his skills, but in an intense situation he maintains self-possessed. Ellett Memorial Staff are very happy to have J.D. as a coworker and is a vital asset to Ellett Memorial Hospital.