BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Barton County health officials announce two more positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, June 15, 2020. The new cases now stand at nine.
The Health Department states the 8th case is a related exposure to the previous seven cases. The 9th case is a known work acquired exposure discovered during facility wide testing.
Both cases are in the western part of Barton County. The two people are quarantined and being monitored closely by health officials. The Barton County Health Department is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine any close contacts of this individual who were possibly exposed. Those person(s) will be provided with specific instructions on appropriate social distancing, monitoring, and immediate actions should they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Prior to being diagnosed, one case visited the following businesses on 6/12/2020 (These are considered to be low risk exposures):
- Spirit 66 Food Mart: 703 W 7th St, Joplin, MO from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Guitars Rock N’ Country Bar: 1800 W 7th Street, Joplin, MO from 10:00 pm -12:50 am
- Taco Bell Drive Through: 2315 W 7th St, Joplin, MO from, 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
- WalMart Supercenter: 2710 N Broadway, Pittsburg, KS from 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Barton County Health Department states, “While COVID-19 is spread from person to person, more than 80% of the patients who develop it will only become mildly ill. The concern is for patients with underlying medical conditions and the elderly, who are more likely to need hospital-level supportive care. Primary symptoms to be aware of include: 100.4 fever or higher – 90% will have fever. Dry cough – 70% will have a dry cough. Shortness of breath – for those who become more acutely ill. To be evaluated for symptoms of COVID-19, or if symptoms worsen, we ask individuals to call their local medical provider or hospital before seeking 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.”