Barry County COVID deaths up to 6

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

79-year-old, 69-year-old men die from COVID complications

The Barry County Health Department has announced two more COVID-19-related deaths in the county, bringing the total to six.

A 79-year-old male patient has died of COVID-related complications, and a 69-year-old man died of what is believed to be COVID-related complications, though the final cause of death has not been received from the State of Missouri.

Both men are known to have underlying health issues and are the county’s fifth and sixth COVID-associated deaths.

“Health Department and Emergency Management officials wish to offer their sincerest condolences to the family and friends on their loss,” a press release said.

All people of all ages are at risk of infection with COVID-19, but older persons and those with underlying health issues are at the greatest risk of serious illness and death.

Residents are strongly encouraged to continue physical distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing face coverings when physical distancing in not possible, frequently washing hands, and staying home if sick.

Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator, and David Compton, Emergency Management director, remind residents that fall events are underway, and people must take all precautions to remain safe.

Most festivals and community events have implemented requirements for vendors and recommendations for participants to ensure the safety and success of these events. They remind service providers who cannot practice physical distancing are required to remain masked while providing any type of service.

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 Sept. 30 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, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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