Barry County over 100 COVID-19 cases

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Community exposures announced in northern portion of county

The Barry County Health Department has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), pushing the county’s total to 101 cases.

Of the 101, 54 cases are considered active and are in isolation, and three people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 related complications. There are more than 75 close contacts quarantined, and 47 people have recovered from the virus.

As a part of our ongoing disease investigations, locations recently visited by COVID-19 positive persons were identified. All individuals who have tested positive or who have had close contact with a positive case are in isolation or quarantine and are monitored daily by Health Department staff.

The Barry County Health Department is notifying the public of these potential exposures from a COVID-19 positive individual.

A recent positive case visited:

• July 1, Lowe’s in Monett from 6-6:30 a.m.

• July 1, Sutherlands in Aurora from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• July 1, Lowe’s in Monett from 1-1:30 p.m.

People visiting these locations on these dates, who did not have close contact, are at low risk of contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms.

COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, call a medical provider and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.

“COVID is in our communities — all of them,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “Every corner of Barry County is experiencing cases of COVID. We are now seeing an increase in the number of persons under 40 who are contracting this virus, likely due to increased summertime activities, decreased physical distancing, and a lack of face coverings. It is imperative that everyone practice physical distancing, wear face covers when in public and diligently wash hands and clean surfaces.”

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation Rules began June 26 and remain in effect until July 15. Those rules include required source control masking of service providers and recommending physical distancing, cloth face coverings, and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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