3rd Barry County COVID death announced
Woman was 71 with serious health conditions
The Barry County Health Department is reporting the third COVID-19 associated death of a Barry County resident.
“Our third fatality was a 71-year-old woman with serious underlying health issues,” said Roger Brock, Department administrator. “The person was a resident of a congregate care facility. Health Department and Emergency Management officials wish to offer their sincerest condolences to the family and friends on their loss.
Older persons, especially those with underlying health issues, are at the highest risk of severe and fatal COVID related infections.”
In the State of Missouri 37 percent of COVID cases are in people older than 50 years, yet that same age group represents 97 percent of COVID related deaths. This is the reason that younger persons, who may have few if any symptoms, must exercise extreme caution when visiting with older persons, who if they contract COVID are the greatest risk of death.
Brock and Emergency Management Director David Compton want to remind residents of the need to wear face coverings when within 6’ of a person outside of home.
“Remember face coverings are for the protection of those around you,” Brock said.
Individual businesses should adopt masking requirements for employees and customers. Service providers who cannot practice physical distancing (6 feet or more) are required to remain masked while providing any type of service.
Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation Rules began June 26 and remain in effect until Aug. 31. Those rules include required source control masking of service providers; recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings, and enhanced hygiene practices.
For more information about COVID-19, people may 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.