COVID-19 positive case identified at local business

Friday, July 3, 2020

Cricket Wireless employee worked in store June 21, June 25

The Barry County Health Department has announced that a person employed at Cricket Wireless in Monett has tested positive for COVID-19.

The case is a result of community spread, and the individual has been ordered to remain in isolation. Close contacts are being notified and, as appropriate, ordered to quarantine.

Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department, said out of an abundance of caution, the Health Department is notifying the public that the COVID-19 positive individual worked in the store on the following dates and times: June 21, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and June 25, from 10:45 a.m. until 6:15 p.m.

Customers do not need to self-quarantine unless symptoms develop. Anyone who develops symptoms should call their primary care provider or the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114.

“We are experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 affecting persons of all ages in our community, and you must protect yourself and your family when you are in public by wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, and frequently washing hands and high contact surfaces,” Brock said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and 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.

Those who believe 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; recommendations to maintain physical distancing 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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