COVID-19 Updates from BCMH

As pandemic restrictions are lifting in many areas, Bates County Memorial Hospital has assessed its current guidelines to serve the best interests of our patients and staff. 

Infection Control Measures

Greg Weaver, CEO, stated, “In May, the CDC issued new guidelines saying fully vaccinated individuals can go back to normal activities, for the most part, without wearing a mask or social distancing. However, healthcare facilities were an exception listed by the CDC, due to unvaccinated and susceptible patients to COVID-19 disease that we care for. We are all ready to return to something closer to normal, but for now, our patients and visitors are requested to wear a mask while in our hospital and clinics.  We truly appreciate those who have helped to increase our community’s herd immunity to COVID-19 through vaccination. Vaccines are available locally, and we encourage all to consider that opportunity.”

COVID-19 Testing

On May 28, the final drive-through respiratory clinic was held in the BCMH ambulance bay. In May, construction began for a permanent drive-through structure attached to the west side of the High Street Family Care Clinic. Once complete, the structure will offer a protected, convenient solution for patients and staff for COVID-19 testing and other consultations when appropriate. The new drive-through structure should be completed and in use by July. COVID-19 testing is still available by calling the Family Care Clinic Scheduling number at 660-200-3627.


BCMH visitation guidelines have also changed for patients and their visitors or caregivers.

  • Two visitors per non-covid patients admitted to the hospital, and two per COVID and non-COVID patients on care and comfort (end-of-life care).
  • No visitors under 12 may enter the hospital.
  • The cafeteria is open to patients while at the hospital to receive care, and their visitors
  • The Gift Shop is open to patients and the public

Hospital leadership will continue to assess its guidelines regarding the pandemic, and using guidance from the CDC, public health, and other infectious disease authorities to evaluate when further steps need to be taken regarding our policies for wearing masks, visitation and other infection control measures.