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Residents of Trenton and Humphreys injured in crash at edge of Galt; driver life-flighted to Kansas City hospital

Residents of Trenton and Humphreys were taken to hospitals following a single-vehicle, rollover, accident Tuesday afternoon in Galt. The highway patrol described injuries as serious for both 31-year-old Travis Vasey of Trenton and 26-year-old Dakota Dalton of Humphreys. Vasey was flown by medical helicopter (Life Flight Eagle) to the Truman Medical Center in the Kansas […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Missouri GOP vow to push back against Biden’s announced vaccine mandate

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republicans assailed President Joe Biden’s push to require employees of private businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, vowing a legislative response and legal action. Gov. Mike Parson promised to “fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach” in a tweet Thursday afternoon, calling Biden’s plan “an […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital earns national recognition for efforts to improve STEMI treatment

Wright Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Each year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to […]

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Two hurt in Monday crash south of Cameron

Two Cameron drivers were taken to hospitals following an accident Monday afternoon on Highway 69, four miles south of Cameron. Thirty-one-year-old Megan Davis received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital. The other driver, 85-year-old Charles Cox, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cameron Regional Medical Center. The vehicles […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

COVID cases among children rising as Missouri Delta variant wave enters fifth month

(Missouri Independent) – Clay LaRue, superintendent of the Van Buren R-1 School District, made a tough decision Sunday. With COVID-19 cases spiking in Carter County in southeast Missouri, and many of those infections among very young children, LaRue shut down the district’s pre-kindergarten program for two weeks. He had previously directed faculty, staff, and students […]

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Saint Luke’s Health System to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

Saint Luke’s Health System announced it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 30, 2021.  The announcement comes as Kansas City has experienced a dramatic surge in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. Hospitals and health systems across Missouri and Kansas have struggled to find enough ICU beds and staff […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Audio: Mosaic Hospitals in northwestern Missouri to require staff to be vaccinated

St. Joseph’s Mosaic Life Care will require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  CEO, Dr. Mark Laney, made the announcement in a news conference at the hospital.     The vaccination requirement will be implemented incrementally with the target of having all staff vaccinated by the end of the year. Mosaic has 4,500 hundred […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center revise visitor guidelines

St. Luke’s Health System, including Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center, have adjusted level three visitor guidelines in emergency departments. One visitor will be allowed per patient in the emergency departments. Previously two visitors were allowed. Elsewhere, there’s a continuation of level three visitor guidelines, allowing two visitors per patient per day in the […]

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Two people injured in crash on Highway 63 in Adair County

Two people were taken to hospitals following an accident involving two pickup trucks on Tuesday afternoon in rural Adair County on Highway 63, one mile south of Millard. Seventy-three-year-old Jackie Yardley of Glenwood received serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter (Air-Evac) to University Hospital in Columbia. Also injured was a passenger in another […]

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Biden-Harris Administration announces $500 million in rural health care funds under the American Rescue Plan

The Biden-Harris Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance. President Biden’s comprehensive plan to recover the economy and deliver relief to the American people […]

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Missouri to accept Medicaid expansion applications; DSS to begin processing applications on October 1

(Missouri Independent) – Missourians who qualify for benefits under Medicaid expansion can begin enrolling. Still, it may take up to two months until they will find out if their eligibility has been verified and their application has been approved. In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced that in response to a Cole County […]

Audio: Mosaic Medical Center executive in Albany to lead Missouri Hospital Association

A northwest Missouri health care executive will soon be moving to Jefferson City to lead the statewide hospital group. Mosaic Medical Center President Jon Doolittle will leave the hospital in rural Albany to become the Missouri Hospital Association’s (MHA) president during a critical time for health care.     Doolittle tells St. Joseph affiliate KFEQ […]

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Biden-Harris Administration extends eviction moratorium for homeowners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended through September 30 the eviction moratorium for homeowners of properties financed or guaranteed by USDA. “The United States is still reeling from a nationwide housing affordability crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA is taking this important action today to allow individuals and families who face eviction from […]

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Fight over mask orders growing at rate to rival Missouri Delta variant cases

(Missouri Independent) – Politicians are fighting over masks. Public health officials are begging people to get vaccinated. And meanwhile, the Delta variant continues to spread almost unchecked in the state. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones defended their mask mandates during separate appearances Wednesday. Page held a press conference […]

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Missouri hits new peak in Delta variant summer surge with almost 3,000 COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – The summer surge of infection tied to the easily spread Delta variant of COVID-19 is accelerating in Missouri, with state health officials on Wednesday reporting the highest case total since mid-January. The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,995 additional cases, with at least one case in 105 of the state’s 117 local […]