COVID actives again nearly double

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Positive test rate continues to climb

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) has nearly doubled in the first week of the new year, and the positive test rate continues to climb.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,526 (+130) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 5, a total of 137 (+63 from Dec. 30) people were considered active cases in isolation, and six are hospitalized (+1). There are more than 200 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

One new death occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 45, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 23 (+1) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 22 lived independently in their homes. A total of 41 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 27 (+1) males and 18 females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County remained even at 1.8 percent, and the survival rate is 98.2 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county remained at 0.12 percent.

A total of 2,344 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 65 since Dec. 30.

A total of 17,618 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 49 percent of the county’s population. The 2,526 positives account for 7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14.3 percent (up 0.3 percent from Dec. 30 and 6.84 percent since Nov. 4).

As of Jan. 5, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 121 active cases (-16). Lawrence County has 2,666 (+121) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,486 (+125) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 59 (+12) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Jan. 5, Missouri has had 405,589 confirmed cases and 5,825 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 20,981,023 positives and 336,228 deaths, a rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.094 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 531 cases (21 percent, even from Dec. 30), those 25-40 account for 552 cases (22 percent, +1 from Dec. 30), those 41-60 account for 726 cases (29 percent, even from Dec. 30) and those 61-and-over account for 717 cases (28 percent, -1 from Dec. 30).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,331 to 1,398, while male cases rose from 1,065 to 1,128.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,511 attributable cases, and the other 15 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Jan. 5, congregate care facilities affected include:

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

• Lacoba Homes, 51 cases (no new)

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

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

• Cedar Ridge Care Center, 17 cases (1 new)

The are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of Jan. 5, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,666; Stone, 1,694; McDonald, 1,701; Newton, 3,557; Benton (Ark.), 14,727; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,868.

Area schools, now back in session from Christmas break, continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Jan. 5, Monett had 4 (-26) positive cases within the district, including two in-district students, no non-district students and two staff. A total of 23 (-89) at the district are in quarantine, including three in Monett Elementary, five at Central Park Elementary, three at the intermediate school, six at the middle school, five at the high school, none at Scott Tech and one at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville returned to school on Tuesday and has not yet updated its figures to reflect any school-related cases or quarantines.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from November 2019, shows the county has a lower rate than before the pandemic began. In February this year, it was 4.3 percent, and in November 2019, it was 4 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.

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