Cases stay low as vaccinations climb

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Active COVID cases at 19; 16 percent of residents vaccinated

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has continued to stay low, and a total of 5,811 vaccines have been initiated.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,072 (+24 in the last two weeks) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of March 17, a total of 19 (-6) people were considered active cases in isolation, and one is hospitalized (even). There are more than 50 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

One new death occurred in the last two weeks. The total number of deaths in the county is 53, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 24 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 29 (+1) lived independently in their homes. A total of 48 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 32 (+1) males and 21 (even) females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 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 0.15 percent.

A total of 3,000 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 29 since March 3.

A total of 23,138 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 64 percent of the county’s population. The 3,072 positives account for 8.6 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 13.3 percent (down 0.3 percent from March 3 but still up 5.85 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 5,811, accounting for 16.2 percent of the county’s population.

The Lawrence County Health Department reported on March 11 it had 17 active cases (-3), 3,404 (+24) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,289 (+22) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 98 (+5) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of March 17, Missouri has had 484,531 confirmed cases and 8,358 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 29,549,810 positives and 536,925 deaths, a rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.14 percent and 0.16 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 626 cases (20 percent, even from March 3), those 25-40 account for 663 cases (22 percent, even from March 3), those 41-60 account for 913 cases (30 percent, even from March 3) and those 61-and-over account for 870 cases (28 percent, even from March 3).

Gender-wise, cases among females in the last two weeks went from 1,669 to 1,683, while male cases rose from 1,379 to 1,389.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,056 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last eight weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of March 17, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,404; Stone, 2,064; McDonald, 1,974; Newton, 4,119; Benton (Ark.), 21,041; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,319.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of March 11, Monett had 1 (+1) positive case within the district. A total of four (-3) at the district are in quarantine, including one in Monett Elementary, none at Central Park Elementary, one at the intermediate school, one at the middle school, one at the high school, none at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of March 8, Cassville schools reported one active case, accounting for 0.05 percent of the district population, and five school-related quarantines, accounting for 0.24 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from January, shows the county remains 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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