Barry County cases again climb

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Positive test rate drops; 97 active cases in isolation

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County grew by 84 in the last week, 31 more than the week before.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 716 (+84) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Oct. 14, a total of 97 (+38 from Oct. 6) people were considered active cases in isolation and five are hospitalized (+1). There are 455 close contacts (+187) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen eight deaths. This week, it was announced an 77-year-old with underlying health conditions, and who lived in a congregate care facility, died of COVID-related complications. Previously, an 83-year-old man, known to have underlying health issues died; 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. 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 also 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 0.9 percent to 1.1 percent, and the survival rate is 98.9 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.022 percent.

A total of 612 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 45 since Oct. 6.

A total of 11,593 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 32.3 percent of the county’s population. The 632 positives account for 1.99 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 6.18 percent (down 0.2 percent from Oct. 6).

In Lawrence County, cases have started to fall. As of Oct. 14, there were 122 active cases (-7). Lawrence County has 895 total confirmed cases, and a total of 757 people have recovered from the virus. A total of 16 people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Oct. 14, Missouri has had 144,230 confirmed cases and 2,422 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate), even from last week. Nationally, there have been 7,859,417 positives and 215,914 deaths, a rate of 2.7 percent (97.3 percent survival rate), down 0.1 percent from last week. Additionally, 3,124,593 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.039 percent and 0.065 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are shifting to a more even split. People under 25 account for 189 cases (26 percent, -1 from Oct. 6), those 25-40 account for 163 cases (24 percent, even from Oct. 6), those 41-60 account for 182 cases (25 percent, -1 from Oct. 6) and those 61-and-over account for 182 cases (25 percent, +1 from Oct. 6).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 318 to 365, while male cases rose from 314 to 351.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 618 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Oct. 14, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 34 cases (no 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, 12 cases (1 new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 10 cases (no new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

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

• International Dehydrated Foods, 9 cases (1 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, 5 cases (1 new)

• Friend Tire, 7 cases (no new)

• Burger King, 3 cases (no new)

• Coast to Coact, 3 cases (3 new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 11 cases (11 new)

As of Sept. 32, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 895; Stone, 570; McDonald, 1,138; Newton, 1,521; Benton (Ark.), 6,893; and Carroll (Ark.), 854.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Oct. 14, Monett had five positive cases within the district, three in-district students, two non-district students and no staff. A total of 99 at the district are in quarantine, including seven in Monett Elementary, two at Central Park Elementary, 12 at the intermediate school, 26 at the middle school, 28 at the high school, 24 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville, as of Oct. 14, had 12 total positive cases, making up 0.56 percent of the district population. A total of 249 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 11.77 percent of the district population.

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, climbed to its highest at 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. Figures have remained between 11-22 percent up since.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It peaked at 20 percent the weeks of July 17 and Sept. 11, never falling below 10 percent up during that time. This week, it is up 16 percent.

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. This week is own 13 percent compared at the baseline.

Residential mobility had held steady at at within 4 points of either side of the baseline since July 3. It was down 1 percent this week.

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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