Only 16 new COVID cases this week

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dip attributed to winter weather, more vaccines, less gatherings

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has dipped to 27, with only 16 new, and the number of quarantines has dropped significantly.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,999 (+16) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Feb. 17, a total of 27 (-48 Feb. 9) people were considered active cases in isolation, and five are hospitalized (-3). There are more than 75 close contacts (-125) quarantined in their homes.

David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said there are a few factors to the change in numbers.

“Given the incubation period and the usual days to symptoms, [the winter weather in the last two weeks] may be a part of the drop,” he said. “But, I think we have to contribute some of the drop to vaccines in arms, as the first groups had the second shot at the end of January, as well as fewer large gatherings overall this time of year. I believe Missouri had been one of the state with fewer new cases in the past few weeks.”

One new death occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 50, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 24 (+1) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 26 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 46 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 30 (even) males and 20 (+1) females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 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 0.14 percent.

A total of 2,922 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 63 since Feb. 9.

A total of 22,133 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 61.7 percent of the county’s population. In the last week, only five tests were given at the Health Department, and the average is about 30 per week. The 2,999 positives account for 8.4 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 13.5 percent (even from Feb. 9 but still up 5.95 percent since Nov. 4).

The Lawrence County Health Department last reported cases on Feb. 9, when it had 75 active cases (-12). Lawrence County had 3,289 (+140) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,127 (+150) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 87 (+2) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Feb. 17, Missouri has had 472,741 confirmed cases and 7,470 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 27,765,267 positives and 488,432 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 0.12 percent and 0.15 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 616 cases (20 percent, +1 from Feb. 9), those 25-40 account for 648 cases (22 percent, even from Feb. 9), those 41-60 account for 891 cases (30 percent, even from Feb. 9) and those 61-and-over account for 844 cases (28 percent, even from Feb. 9).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,643 to 1,647, while male cases rose from 1,340 to 1,352.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,983 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Feb. 17, 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)

No facilities have had new cases in the last four weeks.

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

As of Feb. 17, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,289; Stone, 2,000; McDonald, 1,909; Newton, 4,041; Benton (Ark.), 20,159; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,295.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Feb. 12, Monett had two (-5) positive cases within the district, including two in-district students, no non-district students and no staff. A total of 27 (-33) at the district are in quarantine, including five in Monett Elementary, two at Central Park Elementary, 11 at the intermediate school, three at the middle school, six at the high school, none at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Feb. 18, Cassville schools reported no active cases, no school-related quarantines.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from December 2020, shows the county is at 6.1 percent, up 2.1 percent from November 2020. In February 2020, it was 4.3 percent, and it peaked in May 2020 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 March 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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