4 COVID-19 deaths announced

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

3 lived in congregate care facility, 1 lived at home

The Barry County Health Department has announced four new deaths related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of four more Barry County residents to COVID related deaths,” a press release said. “This brings the total number of deaths in Barry County to 13.”

The individuals were two females, ages 81 and 68, as well as an 85-year-old male. Those three were residents of a congregate care facility and had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, a 78-year-old female, who lived independently in her home and had a history of underlying health conditions, also died of COVID-related complications.

Health Department and Emergency Management officials wish to extend their condolences to the many neighbors, friends and family at this very difficult time.

Barry County Health Department Administrator Roger Brock and Emergency Management Director David Compton urge all residents to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet or wear face coverings, frequently wash hands, and stay home if even slightly sick.

“COVID cases are continuing to rise in Barry County and all people are at risk of becoming infected,” the release said.

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 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 cdc.gov/coronavirus, 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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