9th COVID-19 death announced in Barry County
79-year-old had no underlying conditions
The Barry County Health Department has announced its ninth COVID-related death.
The individual is 79-year-old man who had no serious underlying medical conditions and lived independently in his home with his wife.
Health Department and Emergency Management officials extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends on their loss.
Barry County Health Department Administrator Roger Brock reminds residents that physical distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing face coverings, frequently washing hands, and staying home if sick remains the best defense against COVID.
“Vaccines and better treatments may be available in the future, but our best action right now is to prevent the spread of the disease,” Brock said.
Barry County has had over 700 cases of COVID-19, and cases continue to rise.
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 cdc.gov/coronavirus, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.