COVID-19 cases, quarantines fall slightly

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Positive test rate continues to climb

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County grew by 53 in the last week, 15 less than the week before.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 632 (+53) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Oct. 6, a total of 59 (-12 from Sept. 30) people were considered active cases in isolation and four are hospitalized (+2). There are 268 close contacts (-20) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen six deaths. A 79-year-old male died of COVID-related complications, and a 69-year-old man died of what is believed to be COVID-related complications, though the final cause of death has not been received from the State of Missouri. Previously, a 77-year-old man a 67-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions, and a 71-year-old woman and 86-year-old man, both with serious underlying health conditions all died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County fell in the last week from 1 percent to 0.9 percent, and the survival rate is 99.1 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.017 percent.

A total of 567 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 65 since Sept. 30.

A total of 9,901 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 27.6 percent of the county’s population. The 632 positives account for 1.8 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 6.38 percent (up 0.3 percent from Sept. 30).

In Lawrence County, cases have started to fall. As of Oct. 7, there were 129 active cases (-20). Lawrence County has 824 total confirmed cases, and a total of 680 people have recovered from the virus.

A total of 15 people have died in Lawrence County, including nine in the last week. All nine were associated with long term care, and the individuals had underlying health conditions that were complicated by COVID-19. 

“These announcements are always difficult to make and we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these loved ones,” said Tana Bradshaw, Lawrence County Health Department health educator. “Please understand it is never our intention to keep this information secret. We have specific procedures in place we have to follow to ensure everything is done properly and it can cause a delay. We ask the public not to forget we are still in the midst of a Pandemic and to continue taking precautions.”

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Oct. 6, Missouri has had 134,583 confirmed cases and 2,200 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate), falling 0.1 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 7,467,186 positives and 210,355 deaths, a rate of 2.8 percent (97.2 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 2,935,142 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.035 percent and 0.055 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are shifting to a more even split. People under 25 account for 173 cases (27 percent, even from Sept. 30), those 25-40 account for 143 cases (23 percent, even from Sept. 30), those 41-60 account for 164 cases (26 percent, +1 from Sept. 30) and those 61-and-over account for 152 cases (24 percent, -1 from Sept. 30).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 299 to 318, while male cases rose from 280 to 314.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 618 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Oct. 6, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 34 cases (no new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 30 cases (no new)

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

• PlayPower, 3 cases, 2 Barry County resident (no new)

• EFCO, 11 cases (no new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 10 cases (1 new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

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

• International Dehydrated Foods, 8 cases (2 new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (no new)

• Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, 1 case (no new)

• Steak Inn, 2 cases (no new)

• Roark Family Health and Medical Spa, 1 case (no new)

• Marck Enterprises, 3 cases (no new)

• Taco Bell (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Schreiber Foods, 4 cases (2 new)

• Friend Tire, 7 cases (1 new)

• Burger King, 3 cases (3 new)

As of Sept. 32, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 824; Stone, 525; McDonald, 1,117; Newton, 1,449; Benton (Ark.), 6,596; and Carroll (Ark.), 746.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Oct. 2, Monett had eight positive cases within the district, two in-district students, three non-district students and three staff. A total of 101 at the district are in quarantine, including nine in Monett Elementary, four at Central Park Elementary, 24 at the intermediate school, 24 at the middle school, 17 at the high school, 13 at Scott Tech and 10 at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville, as of Oct. 7, had seven total positive cases, making up 0.33 percent of the district population. A total of 168 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 7.94 percent of the district population. Cassville High School has also has to put its volleyball and cross country seasons on hold.

In Monett, St. Lawrence Catholic Church announced Monday that a parishian tested positive and had attended church on Sept. 29. Quarantines resulted from the case, and the church suggests everyone at the 8:15 a.m. mass that day should self-quarantine. Mass on Tuesday and Thursday for next week has been canceled.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from August, is down from 7.8 percent in July to 7 percent. The rate remains up from 4.3 percent in February.

Google user data shows hikes in retail and recreation, climbed to its highest at 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. Figures have remained between 11-22 percent up since.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It peaked at 20 percent the weeks of July 17 and Sept. 11, never falling below 10 percent up during that time. This week, it is up 11 percent.

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. Since July 31, it has been tracking back to normal. This week is own 13 percent compared at the baseline.

Residential mobility had held steady at at within 4 points of either side of the baseline since July 3. It was even this week.

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.

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation rules have been extended through Dec. 31 and include required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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