COVID actives continue climb

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Positive test rate doubled in last two months

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have gone up since last week, and the positive test rate is now double what it was in November 2020.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,671 (+145) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 12, a total of 177 (+40 from Jan. 5) people were considered active cases in isolation, and 10 are hospitalized (+4). There are more than 300 close contacts (+100) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 45, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 23 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 22 lived independently in their homes. A total of 41 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 27 (even) males and 18 females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County fell 0.1 percent to 1.7 percent, and the survival rate is 98.3 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county remained at 0.12 percent.

A total of 2,449 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 105 since Jan. 5.

A total of 18,281 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 50.9 percent of the county’s population. The 2,671 positives account for 7.4 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14.61 percent (up 0.31 percent from Jan. 5 and 7.15 percent since Nov. 4).

As of Jan. 8, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 148 active cases (+27). Lawrence County has 2,798 (+132) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,591 (+105) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 59 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Jan. 12, Missouri has had 427,117 confirmed cases and 6,155 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 202,708,056 positives and 378,457 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 0.1 percent and 0.11 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 553 cases (21 percent, even from Jan. 5), those 25-40 account for 581 cases (22 percent, +1 from Jan. 5), those 41-60 account for 779 cases (29 percent, even from Jan. 5) and those 61-and-over account for 758 cases (28 percent, even from Jan. 5).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,398 to 1,479, while male cases rose from 1,128 to 1,192.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,511 attributable cases, and the other 15 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Jan. 12, congregate care facilities affected include:

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

• Lacoba Homes, 52 cases (1 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)

The are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of Jan. 12, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 2,798; Stone, 1,785; McDonald, 1,774; Newton, 3,699; Benton (Ark.), 16,721; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,974.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Jan. 8, Monett had 8 (+4) positive cases within the district, including three in-district students, no non-district students and five staff. A total of 30 (+7) at the district are in quarantine, including seven in Monett Elementary, five at Central Park Elementary, four at the intermediate school, eight at the middle school, six at the high school, none at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville returned to school on Jan. 5 and has not yet updated its figures to reflect any school-related cases or quarantines.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from November 2019, shows the county has a lower rate than before the pandemic began. In February this year, it was 4.3 percent, and in November 2019, it was 4 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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