COVID-19 positive identified at Shell Knob restaurant

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Barry County Health Department has announced a person employed at Steak Inn Restaurant in Shell Knob has tested positive for COVID-19.

A result of community spread, the individual is in isolation and close contacts are being contacted and, when appropriate, ordered to quarantine.

The owners of Steak Inn Restaurant have voluntarily closed the business for 14 days to allow staff an opportunity to monitor for symptoms of COVID and provide ample time for a deep cleaning of the facility. Once reopened, the staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 each day, face coverings will continue to be required for all service employees, and all high touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.

“The Steak Inn staff and management are taking this situation very seriously and have chosen to close their business to ensure their staff and customers are as safe as possible,” said Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department.

Brock, wants to assure the public that COVID-19 is not foodborne and there is no risk of contracting COVID-19 from a meal. Customers do not need to self-quarantine unless symptoms develop. People who develop symptoms should call their primary care provider or the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114.

COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and symptoms 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.

Anyone who believes 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.

For more information about COVID-19, 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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