Health Care

Joe Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite COVID surge

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in […]

Franklin County, Joplin issue mask orders amid flood of COVID cases

BY: - November 20, 2020

Two local governments in Missouri dealing with hundreds of active COVID-19 cases and dozens of deaths linked to the contagion imposed local mask mandates hours after Gov. Mike Parson repeated his determination to refrain from a state order. Hospitalizations in Missouri have continued to increase rapidly this week, with the verified total, from Tuesday, showing […]

Tyson hires former AG Eric Holder to investigate claims of betting on worker COVID infections

BY: - November 20, 2020

Tyson Foods’ CEO announced Thursday he has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead an “independent investigation” into a lawsuit’s claims that managers at one of the company’s Iowa plants placed bets on the number of workers who would contract COVID-19. The claims of a betting pool at the food giant’s Waterloo, Iowa, […]

Gov. Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate in Missouri

BY: - November 19, 2020

A letter from the Missouri Hospital Association pleading for a state mask mandate was “not surprising,” Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday, as he repeated his opposition to statewide orders to limit the spread of COVID-19. “If you look at it from a medical perspective, they have a different view than what I do as governor […]

Missouri counties hardest hit by COVID plead with residents to wear masks, stay home

BY: - November 19, 2020

In a web broadcast Tuesday night, Bob Bach, chairman of the St. Genevieve County Health Department board, had a dire warning for residents of his county. “We have a local public health crisis that within the past number of weeks has escalated by a significant factor beyond which we experienced in the summer months,” Bach […]

Lawsuit: Tyson managers in Iowa bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

BY: - November 19, 2020

A wrongful death lawsuit tied to COVID-19 infections in an Iowa pork processing plant alleges that during the initial stages the pandemic, Tyson Foods ordered employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly virus. Earlier this year, the family of the […]

Utilities offer help to Missourians behind on bills. Will that mean rates will increase?

BY: - November 19, 2020

Almost half a million customers of Missouri’s regulated utilities were behind on their bills in September, and 185,000 were working on payment plans to catch up with past-due accounts. That data, from a report published in October by the Missouri Public Service Commission, isn’t complete enough to know if there are more customers now than […]

Missouri facing ‘exponential and unyielding’ COVID spread. White House urges stricter measures

BY: - November 18, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus in Missouri is “exponential and unyielding,” according to a Nov. 15 White House Coronavirus Task Force report urging the state to take stricter measures to help slow the virus’ spread. Recommendations include Missourians wearing masks while in public, limiting indoor dining capacity to less than 25 percent and reducing […]

Lake of the Ozarks-area hospital asks for help from public to reduce COVID patient load

BY: - November 18, 2020

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge, a small hospital in central Missouri is asking residents of the area it serves to honor the work of health providers and take precautions during holiday events. In a letter posted to the Lake Regional Medical Center website, Dane Henry, CEO of the Lake Regional Health System, said the […]

Missouri Republicans hope to shield businesses from COVID lawsuits

BY: - November 18, 2020

Missouri businesses are pushing for sweeping legislation that aims to shield them from lawsuits alleging COVID-19 was contracted on their premises. Under the bill proposed by Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, healthcare providers and businesses would be protected not just from litigation stemming from the pandemic — but also under declared states of emergency in the […]

Older adults in Kansas City facing increased anxiety, depression during the pandemic

BY: - November 18, 2020

Before Vickie Smith’s husband died in 2017, the couple frequented the Don Bosco Senior Center in the Columbus Park neighborhood almost daily to play pool and dance. After he passed away, Smith continued going.  But with the center closed due to the pandemic, Smith, age 70, misses her friends. A breast cancer survivor, she’s been dealing with a […]

Missouri GOP Senators weighed risk before Branson retreat, Rowden says

BY: - November 17, 2020

Amid speculation that a Republican state Senator and staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 contracted it at the GOP Senate retreat last week, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said members discussed the risk but felt the need to set an agenda for 2021 was too important to delay. The infections in the Senate forced […]