Active COVID cases double

Friday, May 21, 2021

Count rises to double digits again with 19 new cases

Barry County added 19 new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the last week, double the number of new cases in each of the previous three weeks.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,161 (+19) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of May 19, a total of 18 (+9) people were considered active cases in isolation, and none are hospitalized (even). There are more than 35 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 3,090 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 10 since May 12.

A total of 27,323 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 76 percent of the countyís population. The 3,161 positives account for 8.8 percent of the countyís population, and there is a positive test rate of 11.6 percent (even percent from May 12 and still up 4.15 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 10,399, a gain of 168 and accounting for 29.1 percent of the countyís 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 36 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated.

Pfizer has also now been approved to vaccinate children 12-15, which may add to the overall percentage, as ages of those vaccinated are not broken down. The figure of those eligible for vaccinations is based on an estimation from U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of May 14, it had seven active cases (-3 from April 30), 3,580 (+27) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,402 (+30) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 101 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County also reports as of May 4, 22.8 percent of residents have initiated vaccinations, and 18.6 percent have been fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of May 19, Missouri has had 507,939 confirmed cases and 8,990 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 32,997,870 positives and 587,225 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 0.15 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.

Statewide, 4,333,614 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 39.8 percent of the total population and 50.3 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 638 cases (20 percent, even from May 12), those 25-40 account for 688 cases (22 percent, even from May 12), those 41-60 account for 950 cases (30 percent, even from May 12) and those 61-and-over account for 885 cases (28 percent, even from May 12).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,718 to 1,726, while male cases rose from 1,424 to 1,435.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,145 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 13 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of May 19, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,580; Stone, 2,145; McDonald, 2,057; Newton, 4,293; Benton (Ark.), 21,893; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,378.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of May 18, Monett had one (-1 from May 10) positive case within the district. A total of 17 (+11) at the district were in quarantine, including one at Monett Elementary School, two at Central Park Elementary and 14 at Monett Middle School.

As of May 14, Cassville schools reported no active cases, even from April 26. The district had one school-related quarantine, accounting for 0.05 percent of the districtís population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from March, shows the county has dropped to 5 percent, up 1.1 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, 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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