Health Care

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 […]

As Missouri COVID cases surge, what does it mean to be ‘safe’ in the pandemic?

BY: - November 17, 2020

Cat O’Toole says she did everything right to protect herself and others from COVID-19.  “I am strict about mask wearing,” said O’Toole, who works as a server at a high-end restaurant in St. Louis. “I am constantly using hand sanitizer and thoroughly washing my hands, especially after talking with a guest or walking up to […]

COVID-19 cases force Missouri Senate to delay meetings for special session

BY: - November 16, 2020

COVID-19 cases among members and staff of the Missouri Senate will force it to postpone consideration of an emergency spending bill and pandemic liability protection, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden announced via tweet Monday. The news was followed a few hours later by Missouri House leaders announcing the annual freshman tour of state government-funded programs, […]

Missouri hospitals plead with Gov. Parson for statewide mask order

BY: - November 16, 2020

Missouri hospitals warned “the wolf is at the door” in a letter to Gov. Mike Parson pleading for him to issue a statewide mask order to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, hospitals across the state have admitted an average of 65 to 75 more COVID-19 patients daily than they […]

Women are skipping breast exams, fighting cancer complicated by COVID-19

BY: - November 16, 2020

Amid a battle with breast cancer, Kari Rawley found herself combating a second potentially fatal condition — COVID-19. The Kansas City resident thought she had done everything right to help herself in her immunocompromised state. Her family wore masks and practiced social distancing, but after a small going away party for her daughter with family […]

‘The virus is winning’: Health officials call for statewide mask mandate in Missouri

BY: - November 13, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson needs to issue a statewide mask mandate and “safer-at-home” policy to prevent the state’s health system from becoming overwhelmed, Dr. Alex Garza, the incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said Friday. “Unfortunately, as has been painfully obvious to even a casual observer, we are past the time […]

St. Louis County bans indoor dining as COVID growth continues unchecked

BY: - November 13, 2020

St. Louis County will ban indoor dining at restaurants, and Cole County wants people who test positive for COVID-19 to do their own contact tracing, as case tallies and hospitalizations continue to soar across Missouri. St. Louis County has added 6,187 new cases so far in November, according to data posted Friday morning by the […]