Butler: Bates County Health Center Coronavirus Public Service Announcement Notice

Bates County Health Center

As concerns over the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow across the state and nation, the Bates County Health Center along with Bates County Memorial Hospital, County Commission, county law enforcement, fire departments and first responders as well as other community members have been planning and working to respond to the virus and protect the health and well-being of the citizens in our community. 

At this time, all citizens are urged to follow the recommendations set forth from the CDC, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Governor of the State of Missouri.  Recommendations include:

  • Mass gatherings and events should be postponed and/or cancelled if possible or should be limited in size to 50 people or less.
  • Such gatherings should be permitted only if the organizers adhere to the guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.
  • Restaurants and dining facilities should continue to provide curbside pick up and drive through services if possible.  Closing the dining areas off at this time is not required but as the situation changes so may the recommendations/requirements.
  • Schools and daycares should make their decisions according to their own plans and policies, guidance set forth by the CDC and recommendations from DESE.
  • Facilities attracting large concentrations of senior citizens should strongly consider restrictions and closures.
  • Implement personal social distancing, good hand hygiene and stay home if you feel sick—all of which help to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Testing for COVID-19 will be determined according to specific criteria which primary care providers are following.  This testing can not be done at Bates County Health Center.

This situation seems overwhelming, but in truth, every one of us can help slow down the spread of COVID-19.  By doing your part, you can make a big difference to your health, and that of others around you.

These are the recommendations as of March 18, 2020.  We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation on a daily basis and will issue updates as needed.  Any questions about recommendations should be directed to Bates County Health Center at 660-679-6108


Jody Welston, RN/Administrator

Bates County Health Center