Third George’s employee tests positive for COVID-19
Case is out of county, believed to be result of community spread
The Barry County Health Department is reporting that one individual who is an employee at the George’s Processing Plant in Butterfield has tested positive for COVID-19.
The person is not a Barry County resident. The case is believed to be the result of community spread in a neighboring county. The individual is under an isolation order and close contacts are being contacted and, if appropriate, ordered to quarantine. Those contacts and any additional cases will be monitored daily by the Health Department in the County of residence.
On June 10, it was announced two individuals who worked at George’s tested positive. Those cases, also out of the county, would be past the 14-day isolation requirement at this time.
“We are working closely with company officials and the State Department of Health and Senior Services to determine if any additional efforts are necessary,” said Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department.
The Department said 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 the 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 David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management Office director, noted that the efforts of the company to manage a large essential workforce in face of a pandemic have been exceptional.
“Their efforts have and continue to be focused on protecting their employees, families, partners and our community,” Brock said.
Community-wide COVID-19 testing is available free on Monday in Cassville, and people may register online at https://health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.
State of Missouri and Barry County Phase II Reopening began June 16 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.