8 new COVID cases in last week

Saturday, May 8, 2021

More than 10,000 residents have initiated vaccines

Barry County added 8 new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the last week, and more than 10,000 of the county’s residents have now had at least one vaccine.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,134 (+8) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of May 6, a total of 10 (-1) people were considered active cases in isolation, and one is hospitalized (even). There are more than 20 close contacts (-10) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths have occurred since mid-March. 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 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 48 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 32 (even) 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 3,071 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of nine since April 28.

A total of 26,728 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 74 percent of the county’s population. The 3,134 positives account for 8.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 11.7 percent (down 0.2 percent from April 28 and still up 4.25 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 10,020, a gain of 300 and accounting for 28 percent of the county’s total population. About 20 percent of the county is comprised of children 16 and under who are not eligible to receive a vaccine, about 7,177 individuals. If those people are not counted, about 35 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated. This figure is based on an estimation from U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of April 30, it had 10 active cases (even from April 9), 3,483 (+31) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,372 (+30) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 101 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of May 6, Missouri has had 504,454 confirmed cases and 8,821 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 32,558,384 positives and 579,286 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 0.18 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 637 cases (20 percent, even from April 28), those 25-40 account for 678 cases (22 percent, even from April 28), those 41-60 account for 936 cases (30 percent, even from April 28) and those 61-and-over account for 883 cases (28 percent, even from April 28).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,708 to 1,715, while male cases rose from 1,418 to 1,419.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,118 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 12 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of May 6, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,483; Stone, 2,133; McDonald, 2,044; Newton, 4,252; Benton (Ark.), 21,705; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,371.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of April 16, Monett had no (-1 from April 12) positive case within the district. A total of zero (-1) at the district were in quarantine.

As of April 26, Cassville schools reported no active cases, even from April 12. The district had one school-related quarantine, accounting for 0.05 percent of the district’s population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from March, shows the county has dropped to 4.5 percent, up 0.6 percent from the low of 3.9 percent in October 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 expired March 31, meaning there is no longer a requirement for source control masking of service providers. Physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices are still recommended per CDC guidelines.

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.

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