Cox Monett Hospital is currently treating patients from the tornado that hit Joplin, according to Janell Patton, director of community relations.
The local hospital's second floor med-surg unit has 15 patients, and the hospital is prepared to take a few more if necessary.
"So far, we have seen a total of five patients and three have been admitted due to the storm," said Patton. "We expect to see more as the day progresses.
"We have received numerous calls this morning from family members looking for their loved ones, our hearts and prayers go out to everyone in Joplin." added Patton.