2 cases of COVID-19 in Barry County preschool

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Adult, child from God’s Little Kingdom Preschool in Cassville test positive

The Barry County Health Department is reporting that two persons, one adult and one child, at the God’s Little Kingdom Preschool in Cassville have tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases are a result of community spread. Both persons are under an isolation order and are recovering at home, all close contacts will be under quarantine. Barry County Health Department officials will monitor all of the effected persons daily.

Because of the positive cases and subsequent quarantine, the preschool will remain closed until July 21. During the closure, preschool officials will complete a deep cleaning of the facility and a of review practices to ensure the continued safety of the children and adults at the center.

Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator, said the best practices for childcare programs include physical distancing, avoiding group activities, maintaining consistent groups of children and adults, face coverings for adults and age-appropriate children, staggered drop off and pick up times, and enhanced hand and surface hygiene.

Additional information for childcare providers can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/schools-childcare/.

“We continue to see an increase of COVID-19 cases in younger adults, and it is imperative that everyone make an effort to protect themselves and each other,” Brock said.

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.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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