Barry County announces 3 new cases of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Barry County Health Department is reporting three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 36.

All three cases are the result of community spread. One of the new cases had been in quarantine due to being a close contact of a previous positive case. The other two cases are unrelated to earlier cases. All three persons are now under an isolation order and will be monitored daily.

“Barry County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 positive tests,” said Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department. “With COVID-19 hot spots in neighboring northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri counties, [we] warn residents of the need to maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, wear cloth face coverings, wash hands and clean frequently touched surfaces often.”

Brock noted several neighboring counties have seen increases of several hundred cases in the past few days.

“Now is the time to protect your family, yourself, and your neighbors by following the Health Department recommendations,” Brock said.

The Health Department is also hosting a Community Wide COVID-19 Testing site on June 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cassville High School. Additional details and registration are available at https://health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.

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. A physician can order testing, or people may call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 to discuss other testing.

State of Missouri and Barry County Phase II Reopening began June 16 and remains in effect until June 30. Those rules include recommendations to maintain physical distancing, required source control masking in certain circumstances, 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.

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