12th case of COVID-19 announced

Friday, June 12, 2020

Case not related to George’s plant

The Barry County Health Department is reporting a 12th case of COVID-19 (coronavirus), an active case of COVID-19 and a result of community spread.

This case is not believed to be related to recent positive tests at the George’s processing plant.

The individual is now under an isolation order and a disease investigation is underway. Close contacts will be notified and, as appropriate, ordered to quarantine. The Barry County Health Department staff monitor all persons under an isolation or quarantine order daily.

Barry County Officials noted that as the county moves toward Phase 2 of the reopening, 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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, 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,” said Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department. “Your physician can order testing, or you can 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 Reopening rules remain in effect until Monday. 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.

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