COVID actives halved

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

2 new deaths in last week bring total to 47

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have been cut almost in half since last week, but two new deaths have been announced and the positive test rate remains at 14 percent.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,760 (+89) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 19, a total of 93 (+84 from Jan. 12) people were considered active cases in isolation, and five are hospitalized (-5). There are more than 200 close contacts (-100) quarantined in their homes.

Two new deaths occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 47, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 23 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 24 (+2) lived independently in their homes. A total of 43 (+2) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 28 (+1) males and 19 females (+1) have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County remained at 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 0.13 percent.

A total of 2,620 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 171 since Jan. 12.

A total of 18,957 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 52.8 percent of the county’s population. The 2,760 positives account for 7.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14.6 percent (down 0.1 percent from Jan. 12 and 7.05 percent since Nov. 4).

As of Jan. 15, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 100 active cases (-48). Lawrence County has 2,960 (+162) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,786 (+195) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 74 (+15) people have died in Lawrence County, with the 15 new reported deaths occurring between Dec. 2, 2020, and Jan. 12, 2021.

“These individuals ranged in age from 44-94,” a department statement said. “This virus can be so unpredictable and it's heartbreaking to see that so many have passed. We send our condolences to the families.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Jan. 19, Missouri has had 440,197 confirmed cases and 6,263 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 24,137,812 positives and 399,828 deaths, a rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.1 percent and 0.12 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 564 cases (20 percent, even from Jan. 12), those 25-40 account for 597 cases (22 percent, +1 from Jan. 12), those 41-60 account for 813 cases (29 percent, even from Jan. 12) and those 61-and-over account for 786 cases (28 percent, even from Jan. 12).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,479 to 1,526, while male cases rose from 1,192 to 1,234.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,744 attributable cases, and the other 16 (+1) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Jan. 19, congregate care facilities affected include:

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

• Lacoba Homes, 52 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 (no new)

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

As of Jan. 19, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,960; Stone, 1,849; McDonald, 1,821; Newton, 3,797; Benton (Ark.), 17,776; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,070.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Jan. 15, Monett had 8 (even) positive cases within the district, including five in-district students, no non-district students and three staff. A total of 32 (+2) at the district are in quarantine, including nine in Monett Elementary, four at Central Park Elementary, six at the intermediate school, three at the middle school, five at the high school, five at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Jan. 15, Cassville schools reported one active case, equating to 0.05 percent of the district population, and 39 people in school-related quarantine, equating to 1.84 percent of the district population.

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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