Two cases of COVID-19 identified at George’s

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Both positive cases reside outside of Barry County

Two individuals who are or have recently been employees of the George’s Processing Plant in Butterfield have tested positive for COVID-19.

The persons are not Barry County residents, and the cases are believed to be the result of community spread in a neighboring county. The individuals are under an isolation order, and close contacts with the individuals are being notified, and if appropriate, ordered to quarantine. Those contacts and any additional cases will be monitored daily by the Health Department in the individuals’ counties of residence.

Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator, is working closely with the State Department of Health and Senior Services to determine if additional efforts are necessary.

“As soon as we know of any additional actions that may be needed and the details of those actions, we will release that information to the public,” Brock said. “Our decisions will be based on the quickest and most efficient way to ensure the safety of our residents.”

Barry County Office of Emergency Management Director David Compton said his office is working closely with the Barry County Health Department and George’s to monitor the situation and assist in mitigation efforts.

George’s implemented extensive efforts at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid infection and prevent spread if an infection occurred. Those measures, which continue to be in effect, include enhanced entry screening, required face coverings, physical distancing, physical barriers in area of limited distancing, frequent daily enhanced cleaning of commons spaces, as well as an enhanced daily deep cleaning of the facility.

Additionally, staff who may be ill are instructed to remain home and consult a physician. The plant has provided access to virtual visits and additional paid time off to ensure people do not work when ill.

Brock and Compton said the efforts of the company to manage a large essential workforce in face of a pandemic has been exceptional

“Their efforts have and continue to be focused on protecting their employees, families, partners and our community,” Brock said.

Barry County officials remind residents the best way to prevent community spread COVID-19 is to wear a cloth face covering, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, avoid groups of greater than 10 people and wash hands often.

If experiencing symptoms, call a medical provider to discuss the need for testing, or call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 to discuss the availability of rapid testing.

State of Missouri Emergency and Barry County Phase 1 Extension rules remain in effect until June 15, 2020.

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