Barry County announces Phase 1 extension

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Barry County Commission and the Barry County Health Department, in alignment with Governor Parsonís Show-Me Strong Recovery plan, are announcing the extension of the Phase 1 rules until June 15.

The rules allow businesses to remain open, while mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 in Barry County. The rules include requirements for physical distancing, maximum occupancy limits, and source control masking requirements for some service providers.

In an effort to reopen additional businesses and reduce restrictions in Barry County, effective June 1, occupancy limits apply only to retail establishments, those maximum occupancies have been raised and additional physical distancing requirements for gymnasiums and athletic events have been removed. The state mandated physical distancing requirements of 6 feet of separation remain in effect.

Citizens are encouraged to wear reusable and launderable cloth masks when in public places, cover coughs, practice physical distancing, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and frequently wash hands. At-risk individuals, including older adults, people with chronic lung conditions, cardiac disease, diabetes and those who are immunocompromised, should continue to limit non-essential travel.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell. Anyone who has these symptoms should call their local medical provider to seek testing and treatment. People who feel they might have the virus need to give health care providers a warning so safety precautions can be taken before their arrival to help prevent the infection of health care workers and others at the facility.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is operating a hotline for residents and health care providers to call for information and guidance about COVID-19. The statewide hotline number is 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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