24 new COVID cases in last week

Thursday, June 3, 2021

New positives highest in a week since February

Barry County added 24 new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the last week, the highest number of new positives in any week since mid-February.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,194 (+24) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of June 2, a total of 25 (+13) people were considered active cases in isolation, and five are hospitalized (+5). There are more than 50 close contacts (+20) quarantined in their homes.

David Compton, Barry County Office of Emergency Management director, said officials believe the uptick in cases is due to a couple factors.

“We suspect that it is due to unvaccinated people attending large events such as graduations and graduation celebrations,” he said. “[That], along with the fact we have seen a decrease in masking and other restrictions.”

No new deaths have occurred since mid-March. The total number of deaths in the county is 59, 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 35 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 54 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 37 (even) males and 22 (even) females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 1.8 percent, and the survival rate is 98.2 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.16 percent.

A total of 3,110 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 11 since May 27.

A total of 28,115 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 78 percent of the county’s population. The 3,194 positives account for 8.9 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.36 percent. The weekly positive test rate is 6.28 percent.

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 10,812, a gain of 82 and accounting for 30.2 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 38 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated.

Pfizer has also now been approved to vaccinate children 12-and-up, 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.

“We are leading our neighboring counties in vaccinations, but we need to continue to increase that number to help prevent future cases,” Compton said.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of May 28, it had 13 active cases (+5 from May 14), 3,532 (+22) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,418 (+16) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 101 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County also reported on Thursday that it had 15 new cases in the county in the last week, which is more than normal, and 21 percent of residents are fully vaccinated. Appointments at the Department for Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available on Monday and Thursday. People may call 417-466-2201 to schedule.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of June 2, Missouri has had 511,972 confirmed cases and 9,122 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,288,092 positives and 595,242 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, 2,568,268 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 41.8 percent of the total population and 52.2 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 644 cases (+5), those 25-40 account for 694 cases (+5), those 41-60 account for 964 cases (+8) and those 61-and-over account for 892 cases (+6).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,731 to 1,747, while male cases rose from 1,439 to 1,447.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,178 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 June 2, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,532; Stone, 2,181; McDonald, 2,086; Newton, 4,369; Benton (Ark.), 22,051; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,383.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from April, shows the county has dropped to 3.8 percent, which is 0.1 percent lower than the previous 3.9 percent low 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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