Retired Missouri nurse says state leadership needs to step up

Retired Nurse Dolores Halbin plays with her dogs

MONETT, Mo. – A Missouri nurse who is now retired and living in Monett tells KOAM that she’s disappointed with state leadership when it comes to staying on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dolores Halbin says her colleagues in other states have been asked to come out of retirement. But she says she won’t make the same sacrifice, unless the governor and other state leaders get more aggressive with Coronavirus prevention and issue a statewide stay-at-home order.

“Our governor will not issue a stay-at-home order. We’re business as usual. Up and down Monett yesterday, the shops were open, the clothing stores were open, and the antique malls are open. I’m on a lot of nursing Facebook pages and I’m in touch with nurses that are like less than a day’s drive from us, that are having to take care of seven intubated patients… There were more cars on the road in Monett yesterday than there were in LA. I mean, if LA can do it? Seriously folks,” said Dolores Halbin.

Dolores says that rural America has not yet been hit hard by the Coronavirus, but she says it’s coming, and that issuing a statewide stay-at-home order now will save lives. If that happens, Dolores says she’s willing to come out of retirement.