Barry County announces 1st COVID-19 death

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

71-year-old had underlying health issues, succumbed to virus complications

A 71-year-old Barry County man has died from complications associated with a positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) diagnosis.

Barry County Health Department Administrator Roger Brock said the man, who was hospitalized after the positive result, was known to have other underlying health issues.

“We are extremely saddened to have learned this person has succumbed to complications related to the COVID-19 infection,” Brock said.”

Brock again warned residents that COVID-19 is a threat to every corner of the county and every resident in the county.

Recent numbers in Barry County show 61 percent of the COVID cases have occurred in persons 40 years and younger. However, the greatest risk of complications and death continues to be those persons 60 years and older.

“All persons must practice physical distancing, masking and good hand washing at all times to slow the spread of the disease,” Brock said.

Emergency Management Director David Compton added his sympathies to the grieving family and friends.

He also reminded residents masking continues to be the best defense to the spread of COVID-19.

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, 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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