Services Sporadic In Benton County

Joyce Coates
County Reporter
Up-to-date information during difficult and challenging times is essential to separate facts from rumors and to calm fears that grow for lack of such information. To that end the Enterprise provides the following currently available information from representatives of the sources below. Because circumstances are so fluid, any new information and further details will be reported as they become available. 
The Benton County Health Department directs the public to obtain the latest updates on the coronavirus at: Hr. COVID-19, or to call the Hotline: 877-435-8411. 
Health Department offices are open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM and 11:30 AM. Call (660) 438-2876 with questions or to schedule appointments. When possible before coming to the department for services, the public is encouraged to call ahead so that staff may determine if services can be provided by staff coming to the parking lot and the visitor’s vehicle.
For those with internet access, updates on all services are posted to the department’s Facebook page:
Benton County Courthouse is closed to the public from Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, March 30. County employees and staff are working and available for special appointments, if necessary, during the period of closure. Call (660) 438-7326 to schedule an appointment. County Commissioners will reassess the situation later this week to decide whether to extend the closure or reopen to the public.
Note that the municipal election previously scheduled for April 7 is postponed until June 2, 2020. Therefore, registered county voters may request to vote absentee by calling the number above to request a ballot to be mailed to them. 
Boonslick Regional Library’s website announced the closing until further notice of all four branches. Due dates are extended to April 30, 2020. Meanwhile, BRL encourages readers to take advantage of the following online resources: 
Missouri Libraries 2 Go –ebooks, movies, magazines, etc.
RB Digital – eAudiobooks, magazines, comics.
TumbleBooks Library – Animated ebooks for kids.
SEBCO Books – Over 700 free multi-user fiction and nonfiction ebooks! Login with the following credentials: Username: keepreading; Password: sebco; ID#: 1
Warsaw City offices closed Monday and Tuesday this week as previously scheduled while operations and equipment, including phone lines and computers were moved to the new location at the former UMB  building at 201 West Main Street. As of Wednesday, March 25, the new offices will also be closed to the public until further notice; however, phone lines will be open to receive calls during regular business hours from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Meanwhile, utility payments may be made online (, by mail, or the drop box at their new location. However, until further notice, water services will not be turned off for non-payment.
Warsaw R-9 School District: Website notice indicates all schools, gyms and playgrounds are closed until April 6, 2020. Parents and guardians may pick up free lunches on Tuesdays ONLY between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., at the North and South Elementary schools for all students regardless of where they attend classes.
Links to education resources for K-12 are posted on the website. Among the resources are two that may be of interest for anyone, students and non-students, interesting in free access to online courses in coding: (listing 21 job openings as of March 23), and which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers six different certifications, and accepts donations.
Warsaw Warm House: Operating as usual for as long as possible: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing food and energy payment assistance. Hours for the next open day will be posted the day before. (660) 438-5633. Managers disinfect the Thrift Store every few hours, reminding visitors to honor social distancing recommendations.
Benton County Food Pantry closed its doors until April 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM in response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Meanwhile, First Baptist Church, 305 W. Jefferson Street, Warsaw  (660) 438-6101, will fill in temporarily to provide food packages on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM. 
Pastor Tom Renfro said food donated by various members of the community, on a “just in time” basis several times throughout Monday, March 23, enabled the church to provide for 39 families. Renfro expressed his gratitude for a monetary donation by Cedar Grove Baptist Church, and food donations by representatives of the Methodist Church and Warm House.  
Food donations may be made between 3 and 6 PM seven days a week, during the same hours the church is open for individual or group prayer, and, if desired, for consultation with the pastor. Preferred items include canned goods including canned meats, packaged macaroni and cheese, long-life cartons of milk, and other insect-and-mouse-proof non-perishables.
Larry Johnston’s Blessing Box at 18708 Braden Road in Warsaw, (207) 266-2933, also receives donations of food and personal items and distributes them as needed between 8 AM and 8 PM daily. Drop off donations at the ramp underneath the carport. Personal hygiene items such as body wash and soaps are in short supply, and donations of these items would be much appreciated.
Golden Valley Medical – Warsaw: To protect our patients, staff and communities, we have implemented the following guidelines:
•All staff, patients and visitors must have a temperature screening when entering our facility.
•We are accepting patients seeking treatment.
•We will allow visitors that are assisting someone that needs care, or they can stay in their car.
• We are utilizing social distancing in our waiting areas.
•Anyone who has symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should stay home and call your primary care provider for guidance on treatment.
•If there is a change to your appointment, we will contact you. Otherwise, please plan to come as scheduled.
•The hours for the clinic and walk-in clinic are the same.
Care Connections/Senior Center at Harbor Village: Offices and cafeteria are closed, and activities are suspended until further notice. However, regularly scheduled home deliveries of hot meals continue. County residents age 60 and above may call Margie at (660) 438-3300 to arrange for pick up (at the rear of the building) of a two weeks’ supply of frozen meals that include bread/rolls and dessert.
OATS Transport Services:  For the period March 23 through April 6, 2020, transportation is limited to providing essential services only, that is:  dialysis, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and to/from food banks. Contact: (660) 827-2611.
Drivers are frequently disinfecting the vehicles, including passenger seats and all surfaces. The number of passengers per vehicle is limited and safe distances between passengers must be maintained. Further, during the coronavirus pandemic, drivers will not assist with handling of passengers’ bags, equipment (i.e., walkers, wheelchairs, etc.), or other personal items. 
Alcantara Veterinary Clinic: Hours unchanged. Services and surgeries continue as before. Number of people inside the clinic limited to one person per one pet at a time. Clients are asked to call (660) 438-6493 when at the front door and they will be informed whether to enter or wait until staff member comes to bring them inside. To pay for vet services or to pick up pet medications, patrons should call from their vehicles and a staff member will come out to the vehicle to complete the transaction. Call ahead for emergency animal care; if others are in the clinic at the time of arrival, the veterinarian will come out to meet the pet owner at the vehicle and take next steps as necessary.
Warsaw Veterinary Clinic: Keeping normal hours. Increased emphasis on sanitary conditions and disinfecting with Lysol and medicated wipes all countertops, surfaces, telephones, mobile phones and the staff. Signs on the front door remind visitors to use hand sanitizers on entering and leaving the clinic. Veterinarians, staff and patrons take extra precautions. Many pet owners remain in their vehicles while pets are being treated, and limit the number of people inside, and maintain safe distances between themselves.  
Lincoln City Offices – Open during regular hours for window traffic and drop box (for bill payments). For the month, and until members of the City Council meet to reassess conditions, no late fees will be assessed for late payments, neither will utilities be shut off.
Lincoln R-2 – not in session until April 1; High School Computer Lab and H.S. Library open March 23, March 25, March 27 and March 30 from 2-6 p.m. for students who have no home computers. Social distancing will be observed.
Students on the meals program list may pick them up between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. daily. For some unable to pick up meals, teachers and admin staff are making deliveries to homes. A three-person kitchen staff is on site preparing the meals.
Place at the Lake – Thrift Store closed until April 1 while under sanitization. If in need of shelter or support services Call the hotline 866-374-9044.
Cole Camp City Offices – Employees and staff maintaining regular hours  8 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday. However, the Lobby is closed to the public. Visitors may gain access upon arrival by calling the phone number posted on the front door; one person at a time will be allowed in.
Cole Camp R-1 School District: Offices closed to the public, and all schools closed through April 6, 2020. High school students access online courses via Google Classroom; middle school and elementary students received education packets and additional packets to be distributed on a future date to be announced via the school’s website, and messenger services. Office telephone:  (660) 668-4427.