2 new cases of COVID-19 added in Barry County

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Barry County Health Department is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 24.

Both cases are believed to be 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. Both new cases are now under an isolation order by the Barry County Health Department and will be monitored daily.

“We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in Barry County, and we would like to remind residents that the best precautions continue to be physical distancing of at least 6 feet, cloth face coverings, and frequent hand washing and cleaning of surfaces,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “It is up to each of us to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

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 can call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 to discuss testing.

State of Missouri and Barry County Phase II Reopening began Tuesday 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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