Active cases fall in last week, quarantines spike

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID leads to 2 more deaths in Barry County

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County dropped in the last week, but the number of those quarantined as close contacts skyrocketed.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 453 (+38) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Sept. 16, a total of 45 (-9 from Sept. 9) people were considered active cases in isolation and three are hospitalized (-2). There are 248 close contacts (+131) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen six deaths. In the last week, a 79-year-old male died of COVID-related complications, and a 69-year-old man died of what is believed to be COVID-related complications, though the final cause of death has not been received from the State of Missouri. Previously, a 77-year-old man a 67-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions, and a 71-year-old woman and 86-year-old man, both with serious underlying health conditions all died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went up in the last week from 1 percent to 1.3 percent, and the survival rate is 98.7 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.017 percent.

A total of 402 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 45 since Sept. 9.

A total of 8,301 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 23.1 percent of the county’s population. The 453 positives account for 1.3 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 5.46 percent (down 0.01 percent from Sept. 9).

In addition to the new information announced, the Health department also released locations a positive case visited. They include:

• Sept. 5, Sunrise Family Restaurant in Cassville at 9 a.m.

• Sept. 6, Macedonia Free will Baptist Church in Purdy during morning services

• Sept. 7, Geraldi’s Restaurant in Cassville 6-7 p.m.

People visiting these locations on these dates, who did not have close contact, are at low risk of contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms.

Roger Brock Barry County Health Department administrator reminds residents that everyone is at risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

“We’ve had over 450 cases, 200 new cases in the past month, and 6 people die,” he said. “It is imperative that everyone continue protect themselves and each other by maintaining physical distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands often and staying home if you are sick.”

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 25, Missouri has had 104,079 confirmed cases and 1,714 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate), down 0.2 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 6,563,903 positives and 194,836 deaths, a rate of 3 percent (97 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 2,474,570 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.027 percent and 0.059 percent, respectively.

The majority of the Barry County cases are still in younger residents. People under 25 account for 132 cases (29 percent, even from Sept. 9), those 25-40 account for 112 cases (25 percent, even from Sept. 9), those 41-60 account for 107 cases (24 percent, even from Sept. 9) and those 61-and-over account for 102 cases (22 percent, even from Sept. 9).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 221 to 240, while male cases rose from 194 to 213.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 439 attributable cases, and the other 14 (+1) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Sept. 16, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 29 cases (1 new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 30 cases (no new)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)

• PlayPower, 3 cases, 2 Barry County resident (1 new)

• EFCO, 11 cases (no new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 9 cases (no new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 6 cases (no new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (no new)

• Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, 1 case (no new)

• Steak Inn, 2 cases (no new)

• Roark Family Health and Medical Spa, 1 case (no new)

• Marck Enterprises, 3 cases (no new)

• Taco Bell (Monett), 1 case (1 new)

• Schreiber Foods, 2 cases (2 new)

As of Sept. 16, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 448; Stone, 351; McDonald, 1,018; Newton, 1,218; Benton (Ark.), 5,806; and Carroll (Ark.), 553.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from July, is down from 10 percent to 7.8 percent. The rate is up from 4.3 percent in February.

Google user data shows hikes in retail and recreation, climbing to 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. Figures dropped to 11 percent above the week of July 10, then climbed to 12, 13, 15 and 18 percent through the week of Aug. 14. The week of Aug. 21 was at 17 percent above the baseline, the week of Aug. 28 was up 22 percent, the week of Sept. 6 was up 30 percent and the week of Sep. 11 was up 22 percent.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It peaked at 20 percent the week of July 17 before falling to 9 percent up on Aug. 14, 10 percent up on Aug. 21, 15 percent up on Aug. 28, 10 percent on Sept. 6 and 20 percent on Sept. 11.

Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27. It then fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3. Since July 31, it has been tracking back to normal. The week of Sept. 6 was only 10 percent below the baseline, but the week of Sept. 11 moved to 15 percent below.

Residential mobility had held steady at 3 percent since the week of July 3, dropping to 2 percent above the baseline the week of Aug. 7, then 1 percent above the baseline the weeks of Aug. 14 and 21. On Aug. 28, it was equal to the baseline. For the week of Sept. 6, it moved to 2 percent below the baseline, and the week of Sept .11 was 4 percent below.

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 Sept. 30 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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