17 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Barry County

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Barry County Health Department has announced 17 new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the total to 53 residents with the virus.

Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department, said the number of COVID cases in Barry County is continuing to rise daily.

“We are a part of the COVID outbreak announced by the Missouri Department of Health and we must consider that all persons of all ages may have COVID-19,” he said. “All residents in Barry County should be taking all recommended precautions to decrease the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that all residents wear cloth face coverings when they are within 6 feet of person not living in the same home. Gatherings of more than 10 people should be avoided or physical distancing should be practiced, and hands/surfaces should be cleaned often.

“We are asking you to wear a mask to protect your loved ones, your children, your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers — wear it for them.”

David Compton, director of Barry County Office of Emergency Management, said local employers have implemented a variety of measures to counter the spread of COVID, but they cannot manage individuals’ personal choices outside of work.

“This remains a matter of personal responsibility,” he said. “COVID is here to stay, and prevention is 100 percent in the hands of each of us.”

Known locations with multiple cases include:

• Georges Processing – 5 total cases

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation – 9 total cases (6 staff and 3 residents)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining – 3 total cases

• PlayPower – 2 total cases (1 Barry County resident)

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation Rules began June 26 and remain in effect until July 15. Those rules include required source control masking in certain circumstances; recommendations to maintain physical distancing 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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