Nursing home hit hard by COVID-19

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Barry County active cases rise over 200

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County is above 200 for the first time, and one-third of the new cases have been recorded in a Cassville nursing home.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 1,064 (+182) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and four antibody positives. A total of 63 of those new cases (35 percent) were reported at Roaring River Health and Rehab, which has 107 total active cases.

As of Oct. 28, a total of 201 (+19 from Oct. 21) people were considered active cases in isolation and eight are hospitalized (+1). There are still more than 600 close contacts quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen 13 deaths. This week, four new deaths were announced. Two females, ages 81 and 68, as well as an 85-year-old male, all residents of a congregate care facility and with underlying health conditions, died.

Additionally, a 78-year-old female, who lived independently in her home and had a history of underlying health conditions, died of COVID-related complications.

Other deaths include:

• a 79-year-old man, who had no serious underlying medical conditions and lived independently in his home with his wife

• 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

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went up in the last week from 1 percent to 1.2 percent, and the survival rate is 98.8 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.036 percent.

A total of 850 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 158 since Oct. 21.

A total of 12,991 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 36.2 percent of the county’s population. The 1,064 positives account for 29.6 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 8.19 percent (up 0.95 percent from Oct. 21).

In Lawrence County, cases held steady compared to last week. As of Oct. 27, there were 123 active cases (-4). Lawrence County has 1,143 (+113) total confirmed cases, and a total of 991 (+113) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 29 (+4) people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Oct. 28, Missouri has had 172,717 confirmed cases and 2,838 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate), even from last week. Nationally, there have been 8,766,984 positives and 226,524 deaths, a rate of 2.5 percent (97.5 percent survival rate), down .02 percent from last week. Additionally, 3,460,455 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.046 percent and 0.069 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have shifted more toward the elderly population. People under 25 account for 252 cases (24 percent, -1 from Oct. 21), those 25-40 account for 221 cases (21 percent, -1 from Oct. 21), those 41-60 account for 268 cases (25 percent, -1 from Oct. 21) and those 61-and-over account for 323 cases (30 percent, +3 from Oct. 21).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 465 to 576, while male cases rose from 417 to 488.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 1,050 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Oct. 28, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 41 cases (3 new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 31 cases (1 new)

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

• PlayPower, 5 cases (3 new)

• EFCO, 18 cases (3 new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 14 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 (no new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 107 cases (63 new)

• Freedom Bank (Cassville), 7 cases (1 new)

As of Sept. 32, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,143; Stone, 696; McDonald, 1,217; Newton, 2,031; Benton (Ark.), 7,470; and Carroll (Ark.), 954.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Oct. 23, Monett had nine (+3) positive cases within the district, seven in-district students, one non-district students and one staff. A total of 163 (+40) at the district are in quarantine, including 14 in Monett Elementary, 19 at Central Park Elementary, 12 at the intermediate school, 13 at the middle school, 66 at the high school, 39 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville, as of Oct. 28, had four (-8) total positive cases, making up 0.19 percent of the district population. A total of 72 (-178) are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 3.4 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 had remained between 11-22 percent up since, but fell to 10 percent up this week.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It has been up at least 10 percent since the week of July 17. Last week, it hit its highest point since tracking began at up 26 percent, and this week is up 22 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 had been tracking back to normal, getting as close as 10 percent down. This week is down 18 percent compared to the baseline.

Residential mobility had held steady at at within 4 points of either side of the baseline since July 3. It was up 3 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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