COVID actives drop 37 percent

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Positive test rate remains above 10 percent

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County fell 37 percent in the last week, though the positive test rate for residents remains above 10 percent.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 1,965 (+114) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Dec. 2, a total of 128 (-76 from Nov. 25) people were considered active cases in isolation, and eight are hospitalized (+1). There are more than 400 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

Two new deaths occurred this week, bringing the total number of deaths to 31. All those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 16 have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 15 lived independently in their homes. a total of 27 suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 19 males and 12 females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County remained even this week at 1.5 percent, and the survival rate is 98.5 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.08 percent.

A total of 1,805 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 187 since Nov. 25.

A total of 15,337 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 42.7 percent of the county’s population. The 1,965 positives account for 5.5 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 11.8 percent (down 0.5 percent from Nov. 25 and 5.34 percent from Nov. 4).

In Lawrence County, active cases have held steady near 100. As of Nov. 25, there were 105 active cases (+10). Lawrence County has 1,938 (+42) total confirmed cases, and a total of 1,788 (+32) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 45 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Dec. 2, Missouri has had 305,370 confirmed cases and 4,043 deaths, a death rate of 1.3 percent (98.7 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 13,741,687 positives and 270,881 deaths, a rate of 2 percent (98 percent survival rate). Additionally, 5,226,581 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.66 percent and 0.083 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have shifted more toward the elderly population. People under 25 account for 415 cases (21 percent, even from Nov. 25), those 25-40 account for 431 cases (22 percent, even from Nov. 25), those 41-60 account for 554 cases (28 percent, even from Nov. 25) and those 61-and-over account for 565 cases (29 percent, even from Nov. 25).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,033 to 1,092, while male cases rose from 818 to 873.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 1,950 attributable cases, and the other 15 (+1) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Dec. 2, congregate care facilities affected include:

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 32 cases (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 50 cases (no new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 115 cases (no new)

• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 64 cases (1 new)

Other businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 66 cases (no new)

• EFCO, 26 cases (1 new)

• Tyson, 23 cases (1 new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 12 cases (no new)

As of Dec. 2, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,963; Stone, 1,226; McDonald, 1,417; Newton, 3,012; Benton (Ark.), 10,384; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,354.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. Monett last updated its case count on Nov. 20, when it had 8 (-6) positive cases within the district, three in-district students, no non-district students and five staff. A total of 182 (-36) at the district are in quarantine, including 79 in Monett Elementary, 23 at Central Park Elementary, 30 at the intermediate school, 16 at the middle school, 26 at the high school, 8 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville last reported an update on Nov. 6 with four total positive cases, making up 0.19 percent of the district population. A total of 96 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 4.54 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from October, shows the county has a lower rate than before the pandemic began, but still higher than the rate in October 2019. This year’s October rate is 3.9 percent. In February this year, it was 4.3 percent, and in October 2019, it was 3 percent. Unemployment peaked in May at 10 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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