Active COVID-19 cases up, quarantines down

Thursday, October 1, 2020

68 new cases announced in last week

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County grew by 68 in the last week, but the number of quarantines fell significantly.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 579 (+68) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Sept. 30, a total of 71 (+7 from Sept. 23) people were considered active cases in isolation and two are hospitalized (-1). There are 282 close contacts (-156) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen six deaths. 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 fell in the last week from 1.2 percent to 1 percent, and the survival rate is 99 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.017 percent.

A total of 502 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 61 since Sept. 23.

A total of 9,530 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 26.5 percent of the county’s population. The 579 positives account for 1.6 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 6.08 percent (up 0.609 percent from Sept. 23).

In Lawrence County, cases climbed again this week to 159 active, up 56 since Sept. 23. Lawrence County has 724 total confirmed cases, and a total of 559 people have recovered from the virus.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 25, Missouri has had 126,113 confirmed cases and 2,118 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate), rising 0.1 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 7,191,519 positives and 206,005 deaths, a rate of 2.8 percent (97.2 percent survival rate), down 0.1 from last week. Additionally, 2,813,305 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.03 percent and 0.062 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are shifting to a more even split. People under 25 account for 158 cases (27 percent, -1 from Sept. 23), those 25-40 account for 133 cases (23 percent, -1 from Sept. 23), those 41-60 account for 145 cases (25 percent, +1 from Sept. 23) and those 61-and-over account for 143 cases (25 percent, +1 from Sept. 23).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 264 to 299, while male cases rose from 247 to 280.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 565 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Sept. 30, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 34 cases (3 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 (no 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 (no new)

• Schreiber Foods, 2 cases (no new)

• Friend Tire, 6 cases (6 new)

As of Sept. 32, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 724; Stone, 481; McDonald, 1,100; Newton, 1,363; Benton (Ark.), 6,431; and Carroll (Ark.), 680.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Sept. 25, Monett had two positive cases within the district and 31 total quarantines, including three in Monett Elementary, three at Central Park Elementary, 15 at the intermediate school, 10 at the middle school and 10 at the high school.

As of Sept. 28, Cassville had one active case at the district and three quarantines related to district cases.

St. Lawrence Catholic Church also announced Thursday a parent of two Parish School of Religion students that tested positive.

“The parent has not been in the building recently, but the children were last in the school building [Wednesday],” an announcement on the church’s Facebook page said. “Following Health Department guidelines, the children and their family are in quarantine.Out of caution and following CDC guidelines, the building/school has already undergone recommended sanitization and we are cancelling PSR for the next two weeks. We will resume classes on Sunday, October 18th.

“We believe there is little chance that it may have been transferred to others, but to be on the safe side, we ask that you please monitor your children and yourself for any and all symptoms. If you begin to develop symptoms, please self-quarantine at home and notify the school immediately. As a reminder, please notify the office if your child will not be coming to PSR.”

A church official said about 70 children attend the Parish School of Religion classes on Wednesdays.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from August, is down from 7.8 percent in July to 7 percent. The rate remains 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 and the week of Sept. 6 was up 30 percent. The week of Sep. 11 was up 22 percent, and the week of Sept. 25 was up 14 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. There has been no data since then.

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. The week of Sept. 25 was 14 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. The week of Sept. 25 is down 1 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, 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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