COVID cases nearly double in Barry County

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

181 cases active, more than 600 quarantined

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County nearly doubled in the past week, climbing to its highest point at any one time thus far at 181.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 882 (+166) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and four antibody positives. As of Oct. 21, a total of 181 (+84 from Oct. 14) people were considered active cases in isolation and seven are hospitalized (+2). There are 600 close contacts (+145-plus) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen nine deaths. This week, it was announced a 79-year-old man, who had no serious underlying medical conditions and lived independently in his home with his wife, has died. Other deaths include:

• A 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions and who lived in a congregate care facility, died of COVID-related complications.

• An 83-year-old man with underlying health issues

• A 79-year-old man who died of COVID-related complications

• A 69-year-old man who died of what is believed to be COVID-related complications

• A 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions

• A 67-year-old man with underlying health conditions

• A 71-year-old woman with serious underlying health conditions

• An 86-year-old man with serious underlying health conditions

Barry County Health Department Administrator Roger Brock reminds residents that physical distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing face coverings, frequently washing hands, and staying home if sick remains the best defense against COVID.

“Vaccines and better treatments may be available in the future, but our best action right now is to prevent the spread of the disease,” Brock said.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County fell in the last week from 1.1 percent to 1 percent, and the survival rate is 99 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.025 percent.

A total of 692 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 80 since Oct. 14.

A total of 12,185 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 33.9 percent of the county’s population. The 882 positives account for 24.5 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 7.24 percent (up 1.06 percent from Oct. 14).

In Lawrence County, cases held steady compared to last week. As of Oct. 20, there were 127 active cases (+5). Lawrence County has 1,030 (+135) total confirmed cases, and a total of 878 (+121) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 25 (+9) people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Oct. 21, Missouri has had 159,625 confirmed cases and 2,615 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate), down 0.1 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 8,243,223 positives and 220,649 deaths, a rate of 2.7 percent (97.3 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 3,272,603 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.04 percent and 0.067 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have become a more even split. People under 25 account for 224 cases (25 percent, -1 from Oct. 14), those 25-40 account for 190 cases (22 percent, -2 from Oct. 14), those 41-60 account for 229 cases (26 percent, +1 from Oct. 14) and those 61-and-over account for 239 cases (27 percent, +2 from Oct. 14).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 365 to 465, while male cases rose from 351 to 417.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 868 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Oct. 21, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 38 cases (4 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, 15 cases (3 new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 12 cases (2 new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

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

• International Dehydrated Foods, 12 cases (3 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, 6 cases (1 new)

• Friend Tire, 7 cases (no new)

• Burger King, 3 cases (no new)

• Coast to Coast, 3 cases (3 new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 44 cases (33 new)

• Freedom Bank (Cassville), 6 cases (6 new)

As of Sept. 32, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,030; Stone, 640; McDonald, 1,190; Newton, 1,905; Benton (Ark.), 7,133; and Carroll (Ark.), 908.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Oct. 16, Monett had three positive cases within the district, two in-district students, one non-district students and no staff. A total of 123 at the district are in quarantine, including eight in Monett Elementary, 18 at Central Park Elementary, nine at the intermediate school, 11 at the middle school, 40 at the high school, 37 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville, as of Oct. 16, had 14 total positive cases, making up 0.66 percent of the district population. A total of 250 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 11.82 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. has been up at least 10 percent since the week of July 17. This week, it hit its highest point since tracking began at up 26 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 down 10 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 up 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 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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