2 more COVID-19 related deaths announced
County now at 15 deaths after 55-year-old, 72-year-old die
Barry County officials have announced two more residents have died because of COVID-related illness.
This brings the total number of deaths in Barry County to 15. The individuals were a 55-year-old female and a 72-year-old male, both of whom lived independently in their homes and had a history of underlying health conditions.
Health Department and Emergency Management officials wish to extend their condolences to both families for the loss of their loved ones.
Officials strongly urge all residents to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet or wear face coverings, frequently wash hands and stay home if even slightly ill. All people are at risk of catching COVID and older residents, those with underlying health conditions, the immunocompromised, smokers, as well as pregnant women, are at greater risk of severe illness, ICU admission, mechanical ventilation and death.
COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell.
Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, call a medical provider and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.
Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation rules have been extended through Dec. 31 and include required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.
For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.