9.5 percent of Barry County residents vaccinated

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Active COVID cases drop to 25

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has dropped to 25, and a total of 3,408 vaccines have been initiated.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,048 (+22) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of March 3, a total of 25 (-7) people were considered active cases in isolation, and one is hospitalized (-1). There are more than 50 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 52, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 24 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 28 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 48 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 31 (even) males and 21 (even) 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 2,971 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 29 since Feb. 23.

A total of 22,387 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 68 percent of the county’s population. The 3,048 positives account for 8.5 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 13.6 percent (even from Feb. 23 and still up 6.15 percent since Nov. 4).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 3,408, accounting for 9.5 percent of the county’s population.

The Lawrence County Health Department reported on March 3 it had 20 active cases (+7), 3,380 (+36) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,267 (+25) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 93 (+4) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of March 3, Missouri has had 479,069 confirmed cases and 8,148 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 28,725,592 positives and 517,006 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 0.13 percent and 0.16 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 623 cases (20 percent, even from Feb. 23), those 25-40 account for 660 cases (22 percent, even from Feb. 23), those 41-60 account for 905 cases (30 percent, even from Feb. 23) and those 61-and-over account for 860 cases (28 percent, even from Feb. 23).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,659 to 1,669, while male cases rose from 1,367 to 1,379.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,032 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last six weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of March 3, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,380; Stone, 2,030; McDonald, 1,926; Newton, 4,084; Benton (Ark.), 20,719; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,307.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Feb. 26, Monett had zero (-2) positive cases within the district. A total of seven (-20) at the district are in quarantine, including two in Monett Elementary, one at Central Park Elementary, one at the intermediate school, two at the middle school, one at the high school, none at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Feb. 25, Cassville schools reported one active case, accounting for 0.05 percent of the district population, and six school-related quarantines, accounting for 0.28 percent of the district population.

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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