Barry County sees 7th COVID death

Friday, October 9, 2020

83-year-old man dies from COVID-related complications

Barry County has had a seventh resident die of COVID-related complications.

The person was an 83-year-old man, known to have underlying health issues. Health Department and Emergency Management officials are saddened by the loss of another Barry County neighbor, and officials extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends on their loss.

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 you are sick.

Barry County Health Department Administrator Roger Brock and Emergency Management Director David Compton said the positive test rate is currently 6.4 percent, and more than 600 cases have been confirmed in Barry County.

“Cases will continue to rise until an effective vaccine is administered to our people,” Brock said.

“I hope I am wrong, but it is almost certain COVID will take more Barry County lives,” Compton said. “We can fight COVID. excellent hand hygiene, physical distancing and face coverings work. These efforts not only protect those around you from droplets expelled when you breathe and speak, but they may help in decreasing the amount of virus you inhale.”

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, all persons should monitor for symptoms, which 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, 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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