COVID actives remain above 100

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Hospitalizations drop, positive test rate still high

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases fell by 23 since last week, but the figure remains above 100 and the positive test rate is unchanged at 13 percent.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,186 (+97) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Dec. 16, a total of 110 (-23 from Dec. 9) people were considered active cases in isolation, and four are hospitalized (-6). There are more than 300 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

Four new deaths occurred this week, all of whom lived independently in their homes and suffered underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the county is 40, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 18 have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 22 lived independently in their homes. A total of 36 suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 24 males and 16 females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went up 0.1 percent to 1.8 percent, and the survival rate is 98.2 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.11 percent.

A total of 2,036 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 116 since Dec. 9.

A total of 16,454 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 45.9 percent of the county’s population. The 2,186 positives account for 6.1 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 13.3 percent (up 0.1 percent from Dec. 9 and 5.84 percent from Nov. 4).

the Lawrence County Health Department said on Dec. 15 its number of daily cases have continued to go down considerably over the last week, adding only 60 in a five-day period.

“According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services COVID-19 dashboard, our seven-day positivity rate is 9 percent which puts at one of the lowest county rates in the state,” the Department said on its Facebook page. “Keep up the good work out there and continue to work your prevention magic.”

As of Dec. 15, there were 114 active cases (+12). Lawrence County has 2,342 (+55) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,182 (+151) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 46 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Dec. 16, Missouri has had 353,038 confirmed cases and 4,799 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 16,751,562 positives and 304,589 deaths, a rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.078 percent and 0.093 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 462 cases (21 percent, even from Dec. 9), those 25-40 account for 473 cases (22 percent, even from Dec. 9), those 41-60 account for 627 cases (29 percent, +1 from Dec. 9) and those 61-and-over account for 624 cases (28 percent, -1 from Dec. 9).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,164 to 1,218, while male cases rose from 925 to 968.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,171 attributable cases, and the other 15 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Dec. 16, 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, 7 cases (4 new)

Area businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 71 cases (2 new)

• EFCO, 27 cases (1 new)

• Tyson, 23 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 13 cases (no new)

As of Dec. 16, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,342; Stone, 1,432; McDonald, 1,530; Newton, 3,186; Benton (Ark.), 11,894; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,611.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Dec. 11, Monett had 33 (+21) positive cases within the district, including 21 in-district students, no non-district students and 12 staff. A total of 107 (-5) at the district are in quarantine, including 12 in Monett Elementary, 21 at Central Park Elementary, 19 at the intermediate school, 14 at the middle school, 32 at the high school, seven at Scott Tech and two at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Dec. 10, when Cassville last updated, it had 3 total positive cases, making up 0.14 percent of the district population. A total of 33 were 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, 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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