5 COVID-19 cases announced Friday

Friday, June 19, 2020

Community spread cause of all new positives

The Barry County Health Department is reporting five additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 33.

All five cases are the result of community spread. Three of the new cases had been in quarantine due to being a close contact of a previous positive case. The other two cases are unrelated to earlier cases. All five new cases are now under an isolation order by the Barry County Health Department and will be monitored daily.

“Barry County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 positive tests during the last week,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “The increased number of cases are likely related to several factors, including: reduction Phase 1 restrictions, disease hot spots in neighboring Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri counties, and an increase in large gatherings.”

Brock and David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management discussed the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.

“It is concerning that we have tripled the number of cases in the last seven days,” Brock said. “We have seen several new cases every day this week, and currently there are over 50 people in either isolation or quarantine.

“Our goal to avoid returning to additional restrictions is best accomplished by taking personal responsibility, and that means we must continue physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and frequently washing hands and cleaning surfaces,” Compton said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or at least two of the following, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms may begin two days to two weeks after exposure. A physician can order testing or you can call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 to discuss testing.

State of Missouri and Barry County Phase II Reopening began Tuesday and remains in effect until June 30. Those rules include recommendations to maintain physical distancing, required source control masking in certain circumstances, and enhanced hygiene practices.

Persons at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 including those greater 65 years of age, who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical conditions should limit travel and wear a cloth face covering in public.

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