5 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Barry County

Monday, June 15, 2020

2 from travel, 1 from community spread, 2 to be determined

The Barry County Health Department is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 17.

Two of the new cases are a result of recent travel to a COVID hot spot, one case is a result of community spread and the final two cases are still to be determined.

No cases have been associated to recent positive tests at the George’s Processing Plant.

The disease investigation is ongoing, and Health Department officials continue to identify details the exposures. Individuals with a positive test will be ordered to isolate and their close contacts will be notified and ordered to quarantine. The Barry County Health Department staff will continue to monitor all persons under an isolation or quarantine order daily.

This situation is still developing, and additional details will be released as appropriate and necessary. Barry County officials remind residents these new cases illustrate that COVID-19 remains a concern in the community and individuals must take personal responsibility to protect themselves and their family and friends. They said best way to prevent community spread of 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. A physician can order testing, or people may 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 2 Reopening begins Tuesday and remains in effect until June 30. Those rules include recommendations to maintain physical distancing, required source control masking in certain circumstances, 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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