Details of 4th Barry County COVID death released

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Barry County Health Department has released details concerning the county’s fourth death related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

An 86-year-old male patient of a congregate home with multiple underlying health issues has died. Health Department and Emergency Management officials wish to offer their sincerest condolences to the family and friends on their loss.

Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator, reminded Barry County residents that all people are at risk of infection with COVID-19, but older persons and those with underlying health issues are at the greatest risk of serious illness and death. All persons must continue diligently wearing face coverings anytime they are within 6 feet of people outside of your home.

Brock and Emergency Management Director David Compton continue to recommend that individual businesses adopt masking requirements for people entering their businesses. The policies should be in place for the protection of employees, as well as the public. They remind 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 remains 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, 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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