Barry County announces the 8th COVID-19 death

Thursday, October 15, 2020

77-year-old man lived in congregant care facility

Barry County has announced an eighth COVID-related death has been confirmed.

The individual was a 77-year-old man, with underlying health conditions, who was a resident of a congregant care facility. Health Department and Emergency Management officials extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends on their loss.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, Health Department officials want all people in Barry County to heed the advice to continue physical distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing face coverings when physical distancing is not possible, frequently washing hands and staying home if sick.

“These efforts not only help to protect you, but all of those people near you,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “If you are in any public place, you are at risk of contracting COVID. You alone have the personal responsibility to decide if you will protect yourself and those around you.”

“The inconvenience and uncomfortableness of a cloth face covering may protect your life,” said David Compton, director of Emergency Management.

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation Rules began June 26 and remain in effect until Dec. 31.

Those rules include required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, people may visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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