Barry County cases at 180

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

40 recovered from virus in last week

The number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County is at 180, up 29 from the previous week, but with 40 people recovering.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 177 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, one presumptive and two antibody positives. As of Tuesday, a total of 53 people were considered active cases in isolation, two of whom are hospitalized, and 247 close contacts are quarantined in their homes.

A total of 127 people have recovered from the virus, up from 87 on July 15.

A total of 3,879 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 11 percent of the county’s population. The 180 positives account for 0.5 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide, Missouri has had 33,008 confirmed cases and 1,143 deaths, a death rate of 3.5 percent. Nationally, there have been 3,858,686 positives and 141,426 deaths, a rate of 3.7 percent. Additionally, 1,160,087 have recovered nationally.

The majority of the Barry County cases are in younger residents. People under 25 account for 61 cases (34 percent, -2 from last week), those 25-40 account for 43 cases (27 percent, -1 from last week), those 41-60 account for 36 cases (20 percent, +4 from last week) and those 61-and-over account for 35 cases (19 percent, -1 from last week).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 84 to 99, while male cases rose from 67 to 81.

Community spread has been the leading cause with 170 attributable cases, and the other 10 are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Wednesday, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 11 cases (2 new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 22 cases (3 new)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)

• PlayPower, 2 cases, 1 Barry County resident (no new)

• EFCO, 7 cases (no new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 40 cases (2 new)

• Tyson, 2 cases (no new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 4 cases (1 new)

As of Wednesday, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 117; Stone, 41; McDonald, 822; Newton, 678; Benton (Ark.), 3,887; and Carroll (Ark.), 286.

Unemployment in Barry County has risen to 10 percent, up from 4.3 percent in February. It is the highest unemployment for the county in 12 years, which is the extent of the state’s online record-keeping. In May 2019, the county had a 2.9 percent unemployment rate.

Google user data through shows hikes in retail and recreation climbed to 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. The week of July 10 came in at 11 percent above the baseline, and the week of July 17 shows 12 percent above the baseline.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline, only below 10 percent higher the week of June 27. It was up 20 percent the week fo July 17.

Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27. It then fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3 and 23 percent below on the weeks of July 10 and July 17.

Residential mobility has held steady at 3 percent since the week of July 3.

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.

“COVID is in our communities — all of them,” Brock said. “Every corner of Barry County is experiencing cases of COVID. We are now seeing an increase in the number of persons under 40 who are contracting this virus, likely due to increased summertime activities, decreased physical distancing, and a lack of face coverings. It is imperative that everyone practice physical distancing, wear face covers when in public and diligently wash hands and clean surfaces.”

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, 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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