Barry County climbs to 28 cases

Thursday, June 18, 2020

2 of 4 new cases unrelated to previous positives

The Barry County Health Department is reporting four additional cases of COVID-19, bringing our total number of cases in the county to 28.

All four cases are the result of community spread. Two 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 four new cases are now under an isolation order by the Barry County Health Department and will be monitored daily.

Barry County officials remind residents the best precautions to avoid COVID-19 are continued physical distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing cloth face coverings when within 6 feet of persons not residing in the same home, frequently washing hands and cleaning surfaces.

“All residents must take responsibility to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “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 you 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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