COVID actives cut in half
Roller coaster numbers continue in county
The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) had been dipping, then spiked again and now have been cut in half as 2021 begins.
According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,396 (+158) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
As of Dec. 29, a total of 74 (-74 from Dec. 23) people were considered active cases in isolation, and five are hospitalized (-1). There are more than 200 close contacts (-100) quarantined in their homes.
No new deaths occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 44, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.
Of the deaths, 22 have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 22 lived independently in their homes. A total of 40 suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 26 males and 18 females have died.
The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County fell 0.1 percent to 1.8 percent, and the survival rate is 98.2 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county remained at 0.12 percent.
A total of 2,279 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 148 since Dec. 23.
A total of 17,150 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 47.7 percent of the county’s population. The 2,396 positives account for 6.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14 percent (up 0.2 percent from Dec. 23 and 6.54 percent since Nov. 4).
As of Dec. 28, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 137 active cases (+23). Lawrence County has 2,545 (+124) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,361 (+101) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 47 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.
According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Dec. 29, Missouri has had 386,095 confirmed cases and 5,433 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 19,334,975 positives and 335,623 deaths, a rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.
The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.088 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.
The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 506 cases (21 percent, even from Dec. 23), those 25-40 account for 515 cases (21 percent, even from Dec. 23), those 41-60 account for 688 cases (29 percent, even from Dec. 23) and those 61-and-over account for 687 cases (29 percent, even from Dec. 23).
Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,299 to 1,331, while male cases rose from 1,029 to 1,065.
Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,381 attributable cases, and the other 15 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Dec. 29, congregate care facilities affected include:
• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 32 cases (no new)
• Lacoba Homes, 51 cases (no new)
• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 115 cases (no new)
• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 64 cases (no new)
• Cedar Ridge Care Center, 17 cases (1 new)
Area businesses with more than 10 known cases include:
• George’s Processing Plant, 75 cases (2 new)
• EFCO, 30 cases (no new)
• Tyson, 24 cases (1 new)
• International Dehydrated Foods, 13 cases (no new)
As of Dec. 29, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,545; Stone, 1,578; McDonald, 1,638; Newton, 3,389; Benton (Ark.), 13,558; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,773.
Area schools, all now on Christmas break, continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Dec. 18, Monett had 30 (-3) positive cases within the district, including 15 in-district students, no non-district students and 15 staff. A total of 112 (+5) at the district are in quarantine, including 21 in Monett Elementary, 36 at Central Park Elementary, 24 at the intermediate school, seven at the middle school, 21 at the high school, two at Scott Tech and one at the Monett Regional Learning Center.
Cassville updates its information on Dec. 18, removing all figures, as they would change over the break.
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 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.