Governor Mike Parson

Parson defends out-of-state firm’s role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response

Missouri has paid a consulting firm more than $829,000 so far in federal coronavirus aid to help coordinate the state’s pandemic response. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports payroll records show the McChrystal Group has received federal funding from the state. The contract bypassed the normal bidding process. During a press conference at Washington University in […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

With continued spread of COVID-19, Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, revise visitor guidelines

With the continued spread of COVID-19, Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital have revised their visitor guidelines to further protect patients and care team members. The new visitor guidelines fall in line with the Saint Luke’s Kansas City area hospitals as ‘Level 4 Restricted.’ Level 4 Restricted visitor guidelines restrict visitors to one visitor […]

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Several new laws go into effect in Missouri today

Several bills become law today that the Missouri Legislature passed during the second regular session of the 100th General Assembly. Here is a snapshot of the top bills approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mike Parson: Partial motorcycle helmet law repeal House Bill 1963 is a sweeping transportation bill allowing motorcycle drivers 26 years and […]

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Crash in Caldwell County injures two senior citizens

Drivers of two vehicles were injured Friday morning when a collision occurred two miles east of Polo in Caldwell County. Eighty-six year old Althea Templeton of Richmond received moderate injuries 80-year-old Carolyn Rupe of Braymer received minor injuries. Both women were taken by emergency medical services to hospitals. Templeton went to Ray County Memorial in […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center COVID-19 testing tops 3,200

Over 200 COVID-19 tests were conducted during the past week at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. Collectively, the new total is 3,234 tests, however, results are not provided by the hospitals. Reports are made public by the county health departments Wright Memorial has tested 1,045 including 711 from Grundy […]

Medicaid Expansion

Missouri’s state Treasurer, Scott Fitzpatrick, is warning against Medicaid expansion

Missouri’s state treasurer and the House Budget Committee chairman will travel across the state on Monday, urging Missourians to vote against Medicaid expansion on the August ballot. Medicaid, which is formally known as MO HealthNet, is a federal and state program that assists with medical costs for residents with limited incomes. House Budget Committee Chairman […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Missouri’s Governor opposes statewide face mask order

The city council in southwest Missouri’s Springfield is considering a resolution that asks Governor Mike Parson to enact a statewide face mask order. Springfield affiliate KSGF quotes City Councilman Craig Hosmer as saying the order would benefit hospitals. Governor Mike Parson tells Missourinet he’s opposed to that.     The governor says it’s not the […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Missouri hospitals scramble to use new COVID-19 reporting system, or risk losing federal help

The federal government abruptly instructed the nation’s hospitals to shift last week to a new system of reporting COVID-19 data. Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillon tells Missourinet they were given 72 hours to make the switch. “That’s when the wheels started coming off the wagon because the state data is linked to the federal […]

Coronavirus Update

Weekly report from Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center show increase of almost 500 tests for COVID-19

Information announced this morning shows 2,519 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted through Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe and Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton. That’s an increase of 493 in the past week. Wright Memorial has tested 767 people with 516 of those from Grundy County, 127 from Mercer County, 17 from Livingston County, and […]