Barry County active cases spike again

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

5 new deaths, 254 active cases announced this week

After falling below 200 last week, the number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has climbed back above the figure, and sharply.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 1,454 (+226) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 11, a total of 254 (+62 from Nov. 4) people were considered active cases in isolation and eight are hospitalized (+1). There are now more than 600 close contacts (+100) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen 20 deaths. This week, five new deaths were announced. Four people were residents of a congregant care facility, a 68-year-old female, a 52-year-old male, an 80-year-old female and an 82-year-old female all of whom were known to have underlying health conditions. The fourth person, a 56-year-old male who lived independently and had no significant underlying health conditions.

Other deaths include:

• A 72-year-old male who lived independently in his home and had a history of underlying health conditions

• A 55-year-old female who lived independently in her home and had a history of underlying health conditions

• 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 went up 0.1 percent to 1.3 percent, and the survival rate is 98.7 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.053 percent.

A total of 1,181 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 160 since Nov. 4.

A total of 13,837 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 38.5 percent of the county’s population. The 1,454 positives account for 4.1 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 10.5 percent (up 3.04 percent from Nov. 4, the highest jump in any single week).

In Lawrence County, cases also went up compared to last week. As of Nov. 10, there were 131 active cases (+24). Lawrence County has 1,465 (+190) total confirmed cases, and a total of 1,293 (+155) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 41 (+11) people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Nov. 11, Missouri has had 216,697 confirmed cases and 3,299 deaths, a death rate of 1.5 percent (98.5 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 10,217,789 positives and 239,374 deaths, a rate of 2.3 percent (97.7 percent survival rate). Additionally, 3.928,845 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.054 percent and 0.073 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have shifted more toward the elderly population. People under 25 account for 319 cases (22 percent, -1 from Nov. 4), those 25-40 account for 312 cases (21 percent, +1 from Nov. 4), those 41-60 account for 392 cases (27 percent, even from Nov. 4) and those 61-and-over account for 431 cases (30 percent, even from Nov. 4).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 670 to 802, while male cases rose from 558 to 652.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 1,440 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Nov. 11, congregate care facilities affected include:

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

• Lacoba Homes, 48 cases (1 new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 114 cases (1 new)

• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 34 cases (25 new)

Other businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 61 cases (4 new)

• EFCO, 19 cases (1 new)

• Tyson, 20 cases (4 new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 12 cases (no new)

As of Nov. 11, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,465; Stone, 878; McDonald, 1,291; Newton, 2,378; Benton (Ark.), 8,511; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,041.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Nov. 6, Monett had 16 (+3) positive cases within the district, 13 in-district students, no non-district students and three staff. A total of 187 (+43) at the district are in quarantine, including 37 in Monett Elementary, 18 at Central Park Elementary, 16 at the intermediate school, 58 at the middle school, 38 at the high school, 20 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville, as of Nov. 6, remained even at four total positive cases, making up 0.19 percent of the district population. A total of 96 (+24) are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 4.54 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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