8th case of COVID-19 announced in Barry County

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Individual self-quarantined after travel to hot spot

An eighth case of COVID-19 is being reported by the Barry County Health Department.

The case is likely a result of essential domestic business travel to a COVID-19 hot spot.

“The person self- isolated upon return to Barry County and has not had close contact with family or friends,” said Roger Brock, Health Department administrator. “The person requested testing at the Barry County Health Department because of the travel and tested positive. The individual is now under an isolation order and is being monitored daily by the Barry County Health Department staff.”

David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management, applauded the actions of the individual.

“This a great example of personal responsibility,” he said. “Recognizing their work took them to a COVID-19 hot spot, they took it upon themselves to ensure the safety of our community, over and above any personal desire to see friends and family.”

All previous seven cases of COVID-19 in Barry County have recovered, however, officials remind residents the best way to prevent community spread of COVID-19 is to wear a cloth face covering, wash hands often, keep frequently touched surfaces cleaned and avoid non-essential travel.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms may begin two days to two weeks after exposure. If a person has symptoms, he or she should call a primary care provider and follow their instructions.

State of Missouri Emergency and Barry County Phase 1 Reopening rules remain in effect until May 31. Those rules include physical distancing requirements, required source control masking for certain service providers, and enhanced hygiene practices. Persons at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 including those greater 65 years of age, who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical conditions should limit travel and wear a cloth face covering in public. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at- higher-risk.html)

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