COVID actives fall to 73

Friday, February 5, 2021

Positive test rate remains above 14 percent

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases has dipped to below 75, and the positive test rate remains above 14 percent.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 2,915 (+70) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Feb. 3, a total of 73 (-29 from Jan. 27) 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 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 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 44 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 29 (even) males and 19 females (even) have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 1.6 percent, and the survival rate is 98.4 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.13 percent.

A total of 2,794 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 99 since Jan. 27.

A total of 20,253 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 56.4 percent of the county’s population. The 2,915 positives account for 8.1 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 14.4 percent (down 0.1 percent from Jan. 27 but up 6.85 percent since Nov. 4).

As of Jan. 28, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 87 active cases (-9). Lawrence County has 3,149 (+72) total confirmed cases, and a total of 2,977 (+80) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 85 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Feb. 3, Missouri has had 461,720 confirmed cases and 7,098 deaths, a death rate of 1.5 percent (98.5 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 26,478,930 positives and 448,337 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 0.12 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 599 cases (20 percent, even from Jan. 27), those 25-40 account for 632 cases (22 percent, even from Jan. 27), those 41-60 account for 858 cases (29 percent, even from Jan. 27) and those 61-and-over account for 826 cases (28 percent, even from Jan. 27).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 1,571 to 1,605, while male cases rose from 1,274 to 1,310.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 2,899 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Feb. 3, 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)

No facilities have had new cases in the last two weeks.

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

As of Feb. 3, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,149; Stone, 1,950; McDonald, 1,876; Newton, 3,950; Benton (Ark.), 19,328; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,211.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Jan. 29, Monett had four (-4) positive cases within the district, including one in-district students, no non-district students and three staff. A total of 36 (-14) at the district are in quarantine, including nine in Monett Elementary, eight at Central Park Elementary, seven at the intermediate school, two at the middle school, six at the high school, four at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of Feb. 1, Cassville schools reported two active cases, equating to 0.09 percent of the district population, and 14 people in school-related quarantine, equating to 0.66 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from December 2020, shows the county is at 6.1 percent, up 2.1 percent from November 2020. In February 2020, it was 4.3 percent, and it peaked in May 2020 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 March 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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