COVID-19 cases 9, 10 announced in Barry County

Thursday, May 21, 2020

One person tested positive out of county, another showed positive antibody test

The Barry County Health Department has announced its ninth and 10th cases of COVID-19 in the county, the first new cases since May 7.

Administrator Roger Brock said the county was notified by the state after the Barry County resident tested positive in another county.

“The person recently traveled outside of Barry County, but within the State of Missouri [and not to a hot-spot], and is considered a travel related case,” Brock said.

The individual is now under an isolation order and is being monitored daily by the Barry County Health Department staff.

Results of another additional positive antibody test was received. While the positive antibody test result is included in the county’s total of 10 COVID-19 cases, it does not represent an active COVID-19 case.

Barry County Officials remind residents the best way to prevent travel-related COVID-19 is to avoid unnecessary travel outside of Barry County. When travel is necessary, it is recommended to wear a cloth face covering, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, avoid groups of greater than 10 people and wash hands often.

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should call their primary care provider and follow their instructions. Physicians can order testing, or people can call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 to discuss the availability of rapid testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 that may qualify a person for testing include fever, cough and shortness of breath, or at least two of the following, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms may begin two days to two weeks after exposure.

State of Missouri Emergency and Barry County Phase 1 Reopening rules remain in effect until May 31. Those rules include physical distancing requirements, required source control masking for certain service providers, and enhanced hygiene practices.

Persons at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including those greater 65 years of age, who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical conditions should limit travel and wear a cloth face covering in public. For more information, people may visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at- higher-risk.html.

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