COVID actives continue climb

Monday, June 28, 2021

Weekly positive test rate spikes to 1-in-3 tested

Barry County added 36 new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the last week, and and one in three people tested for the virus received a positive result.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,278 (+36) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of June 22, a total of 44 (+12) people were considered active cases in isolation, and four are hospitalized (+2). There are more than 75 close contacts (+25) quarantined in their homes.

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 3,175 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 24 since June 16.

A total of 28,792 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 80.2 percent of the countyís population. The 3,278 positives account for 9.1 percent of the countyís population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.39 percent (+.09). The weekly positive test rate is 32.14 percent (+10.97).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 11,163, a gain of 95 and accounting for 31.2 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 38.8 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.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of June 22, it had 56 active cases (+17 from June 11), 3,680 (+82) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,522 (+65) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 102 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of June 22, Missouri has had 519,781 confirmed cases and 9,248 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,558,862 positives and 602,275 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, 2,679,474 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 43.7 percent of the total population and 54.1 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDCís Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 73 events (+1) reported where death was a result, possibly in relation to a vaccine. A report is not conclusive evidence the vaccine was the cause of death.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.003 percent of the total number of people vaccinated.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 670 cases (+13), those 25-40 account for 712 cases (+11), those 41-60 account for 984 cases (+6) and those 61-and-over account for 912 cases (+6).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,770 to 1,792, while male cases rose from 1,472 to 1,486.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,262 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 22, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,680; Stone, 2,279; McDonald, 2,364; Newton, 4,524; Benton (Ark.), 22,236; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,403.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from May, shows the county climbed slightly, from 3.8 in April to 4.2 percent, which is 0.3 percent higher 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, 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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