Barry County positives fall in last week as total goes above 200

Thursday, July 30, 2020

11 positives come from National Guard testing on July 18

The number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County is now over 200, slowing to being up 26 (-3) from the previous week, and with 43 people recovering (+3).

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 206 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, one presumptive and two antibody positives. As of July 30, a total of 53 (-17 from July 21) people were considered active cases in isolation and none are hospitalized (-2). There are 132 close contacts (-115) quarantined in their homes.

The county did see its first death this week, a 77-year-old man who had underlying health conditions and died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Eleven of the new positives were credited to National Guard testing at Cassville High School on July 18. A total of 142 were tested, meaning 7.7 percent of those tested were positive.

A total of 170 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 43 since July 21.

A total of 4,769 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 13 percent of the county’s population. The 206 positives account for 0.6 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of July 21, Missouri has had 44,823 confirmed cases and 1,213 deaths, a death rate of 2.7 percent. Nationally, there have been 4,363,511 positives and 149,407 deaths, a rate of 3.4 percent. Additionally, 1,355,363 have recovered nationally.

The majority of the Barry County cases are in younger residents. People under 25 account for 64 cases (31 percent, -3 from July 21), those 25-40 account for 52 cases (25 percent, -2 from July 21), those 41-60 account for 45 cases (22 percent, +2 from July 21) and those 61-and-over account for 45 cases (22 percent, +3 from July 21).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 99 to 109, while male cases rose from 81 to 97.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 196 attributable cases, and the other 10 are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of July 22, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 11 cases (no new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 27 cases (5 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 (no new)

• Tyson, 3 cases (1 new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

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

• International Dehydrated Foods, 4 cases (no new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (1 new)

As of July 30, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 158; Stone, 70; McDonald, 896; Newton, 771; Benton (Ark.), 4,321; and Carroll (Ark.), 328.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, is down from 10 percent to 9.2 percent. The rate is up from 4.3 percent in February.

The 10 percent rate 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 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. The most recent week, July 25, showed equal to 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 of July 17 and 16 percent the week of July 25.

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. For the week of July 25, it fell to only 8 percent below the baseline.

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. [Additional positives are] 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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