Barry County active cases back below 200

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

16 news cases reported at George’s

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has fallen back below 200.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 1,228 (+164) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 4, a total of 192 (-9 from Oct. 28) people were considered active cases in isolation and seven are hospitalized (-1). There are still more than 500 close contacts quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen 15 deaths. This week, two new deaths were announced, a 55-year-old female and a 72-year-old male, both of whom lived independently in their homes and had a history of underlying health conditions.

Other deaths include:

• An 81-year-old female who lived in a congregate care facility and had underlying health conditions

• A 68-year-old female who lived in a congregate care facility and had underlying health conditions

• An 85-year-old male who lived in a congregate care facility and had underlying health conditions

• A 78-year-old female, who lived independently in her home and had a history of underlying health conditions

• A 79-year-old man, who had no serious underlying medical conditions and lived independently in his home with his wife

• A 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions and who lived in a congregate care facility, died of COVID-related complications

• An 83-year-old man with underlying health issues

• A 79-year-old man who died of COVID-related complications

• A 69-year-old man who died of what is believed to be COVID-related complications

• A 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions

• A 67-year-old man with underlying health conditions

• A 71-year-old woman with serious underlying health conditions

• An 86-year-old man with serious underlying health conditions

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County remained even with last week at 1.2 percent, and the survival rate is 98.8 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.041 percent.

A total of 1,021 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 171 since Oct. 28.

A total of 13,704 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 38.1 percent of the county’s population. The 1,228 positives account for 3.4 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 7.46 percent (down 0.73 percent from Oct. 28).

In Lawrence County, cases held steady compared to last week. As of Nov. 3, there were 107 active cases (-16). Lawrence County has 1,275 (+132) total confirmed cases, and a total of 1,138 (+147) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 30 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Nov. 4, Missouri has had 190,424 confirmed cases and 3,064 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate), even from last week. Nationally, there have been 9,387,400 positives and 232,657 deaths, a rate of 2.5 percent (97.5 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 3,705,130 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.049 percent and 0.061 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have shifted more toward the elderly population. People under 25 account for 278 cases (23 percent, -1 from Oct. 28), those 25-40 account for 257 cases (20 percent, even from Oct. 28), those 41-60 account for 326 cases (27 percent, +2 from Oct. 28) and those 61-and-over account for 367 cases (30 percent, even from Oct. 28).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 576 to 670, while male cases rose from 488 to 558.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 1,214 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Nov. 4, congregate care facilities affected include:

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 31 cases (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 47 cases (6 new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 113 cases (6 new)

• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 9 cases (9 new)

Other businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 57 cases (16 new)

• EFCO, 18 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 16 cases (2 new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 12 cases (no new)

As of Nov. 4, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,275; Stone, 779; McDonald, 1,266; Newton, 2,192; Benton (Ark.), 7,863; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,007.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Oct. 30, Monett had 13 (+4) positive cases within the district, nine in-district students, no non-district students and four staff. A total of 144 (-19) at the district are in quarantine, including 22 in Monett Elementary, 10 at Central Park Elementary, 20 at the intermediate school, 20 at the middle school, 59 at the high school, 13 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville last updated its count on Oct. 28, reported last week, at four total positive cases, making up 0.19 percent of the district population. A total of 72 were in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 3.4 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from September, is down from 7 percent in August to 4 percent. The rate remains up from 4.3 percent in February.

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 cdc.gov/coronavirus, 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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