COVID actives back above 100

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Positive test rate remains 1-in-7

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases has climbed above 100 again, and 1 out of every 7 tests in the county are coming back positive.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,845 (+85) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 27, a total of 102 (+9 from Jan. 19) people were considered active cases in isolation, and four are hospitalized (-1). There are more than 300 close contacts (+100) quarantined in their homes.

One new death occurred this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 48, 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 25 (+1) lived independently in their homes. A total of 44 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 29 (+1) males and 19 females (even) have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County remained at 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 is 0.13 percent.

A total of 2,695 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 75 since Jan. 19.

A total of 19,602 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 54.6 percent of the county’s population. The 2,845 positives account for 7.9 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14.5 percent (down 0.1 percent from Jan. 19 and 6.95 percent since Nov. 4).

As of Jan. 15, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 96 active cases (-4). Lawrence County has 3,077 (+117) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,897 (+111) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 84 (+10) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Jan. 27, Missouri has had 452,937 confirmed cases and 6,709 deaths, a death rate of 1.5 percent (98.5 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 25,450,135 positives and 425,406 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 0.13 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 582 cases (20 percent, even from Jan. 19), those 25-40 account for 618 cases (22 percent, even from Jan. 19), those 41-60 account for 839 cases (29 percent, even from Jan. 19) and those 61-and-over account for 806 cases (28 percent, even from Jan. 19).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,526 to 1,571, while male cases rose from 1,234 to 1,274.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,829 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Jan. 27, congregate care facilities affected include:

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

• Lacoba Homes, 52 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 (no new)

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

As of Jan. 27, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,077; Stone, 1,898; McDonald, 1,858; Newton, 3,892; Benton (Ark.), 18,672; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,141.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Jan. 22, Monett had 8 (even) positive cases within the district, including six in-district students, no non-district students and two staff. A total of 50 (+18) at the district are in quarantine, including 12 in Monett Elementary, eight at Central Park Elementary, 13 at the intermediate school, four at the middle school, nine at the high school, four at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Jan. 15, Cassville schools reported one active case, equating to 0.05 percent of the district population, and 39 people in school-related quarantine, equating to 1.84 percent of the district population.

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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