COVID actives steady in last week

Friday, December 11, 2020

Positive test rate up to 13 percent

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases remained within 5 of last week’s figure, but the positive test rate jumped another 1.4 percent.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,089 (+124) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Dec. 9, a total of 133 (+5 from Dec. 2) people were considered active cases in isolation, and 10 are hospitalized (+2). There are more than 300 close contacts (-100) quarantined in their homes.

Five new deaths occurred this week, bringing the total number of deaths to 36. All those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 18 have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 18 lived independently in their homes. A total of 32 suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 23 males and 13 females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went up 0.2 percent to 1.7 percent, and the survival rate is 98.3 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.1 percent.

A total of 1,920 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 115 since Dec. 2.

A total of 15,840 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 44.1 percent of the county’s population. The 2,089 positives account for 5.8 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 13.2 percent (up 1.4 percent from Dec. 2 and 5.74 percent from Nov. 4).

In Lawrence County, active cases have held steady near 100. As of Dec. 7, there were 102 active cases (-3). Lawrence County has 2,287 (+240) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,031 (+243) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 45 (even over the last two weeks) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Dec. 9, Missouri has had 330,846 confirmed cases and 4,383 deaths, a death rate of 1.3 percent (98.7 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 15,174,019 positives and 286,338 deaths, a rate of 1.9 percent (98.1 percent survival rate). Additionally, 5,786,915 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.071 percent and 0.087 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 440 cases (21 percent, even from Dec. 2), those 25-40 account for 458 cases (22 percent, even from Dec. 2), those 41-60 account for 593 cases (28 percent, even from Dec. 2) and those 61-and-over account for 598 cases (29 percent, even from Dec. 2).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,092 to 1,164, while male cases rose from 873 to 925.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,074 attributable cases, and the other 15 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Dec. 9, congregate care facilities affected include:

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 32 cases (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 50 cases (no new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 115 cases (no new)

• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 64 cases (no new)

• Cedar Ridge Care Center, 3 cases (3 new)

Other businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 69 cases (3 new)

• EFCO, 26 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 23 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 13 cases (1 new)

As of Dec. 9, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,287; Stone, 1,342; McDonald, 1,480; Newton, 3,114; Benton (Ark.), 11,112; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,494.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Dec. 4, Monett had 12 (+4) positive cases within the district, eight in-district students, no non-district students and four staff. A total of 112 (-70) at the district are in quarantine, including 13 in Monett Elementary, 15 at Central Park Elementary, eight at the intermediate school, 45 at the middle school, 21 at the high school, nine at Scott Tech and one at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Dec. 10, Cassville had 3 total positive cases, making up 0.14 percent of the district population. A total of 33 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 1.56 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from October, shows the county has a lower rate than before the pandemic began, but still higher than the rate in October 2019. This year’s October rate is 3.9 percent. In February this year, it was 4.3 percent, and in October 2019, it was 3 percent. Unemployment peaked in May at 10 percent.

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.

Quarantine change

The Barry County Health Department, on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, has adjusted quarantine requirements for close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients.

Close contacts not living with a COVID-19 patient are required to quarantine for 10 days instead of the previous 14-day requirement.

Close contacts living with a COVID-19 patient are required to quarantine 10 days, instead of 14, from the last day of contact with the COVID-19 patient.

Included in the recommendations is the option for close contacts who test negative for COVID-19 to end a quarantine after seven days. The asymptomatic test can be completed no sooner than day five (48 hours prior to day seven) of the quarantine.

Tests obtained more than 48 hours prior to day seven cannot be accepted. Asymptomatic testing is available at local private labs, pharmacies and other providers at the cost of the individual. Due to state and federal requirements placed on testing equipment and supplies, the Barry County Health Department cannot provide close contact asymptomatic testing.

Individuals who have obtained a private COVID-19 test may present written or electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 test to the Barry County Health Department and request an early end of quarantine.

Close contacts not living with a COVID-19 may provide written/electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained no sooner than day five of quarantine.

Close contacts living with a COVID-19 patient may provide written/electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained no sooner than five days from the last day of contact with the COVID-19 patient.

COVID-19 patients are required to remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset, and if the close contact lives in the same home, the last day of contact is day 10 of isolation.

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