44 new COVID cases added in last week

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lawrence County opens 117 cases in 7 days

The Delta variant of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is making a heavy mark in southwest Missouri, as Barry County has received 44 new cases of the virus in the last week, and Lawrence County opened 117 cases over a 7-day period.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,322 (+44) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of June 30, a total of 61 (+17) people were considered active cases in isolation, and eight are hospitalized (+4). There are more than 100 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 3,202 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 27 since June 30.

A total of 2,049 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 80.9 percent of the county’s population. The 3,322 positives account for 9.3 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.44 percent (+.05). The weekly positive test rate is 17.12 percent (-15.02).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 11,431, a gain of 268 and accounting for 31.9 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 39.8 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 29, it had 73 active cases (+17 from June 20), 3,767 (+87) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,592 (+70) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 102 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

“We received confirmation late yesterday that the Delta variant is officially in our county,” a post on the Department’s Facebook page said. “Over the past seven days, we have opened 117 new cases, and we are still working on more that were received between yesterday and today, [June 29]. It is becoming a challenge again to keep up with the volume of cases, but we are doing our best to reach out in a timely manner.

“We ask that you still consider getting vaccinated. You can call our office at 417-466-2201 to schedule (we have both Moderna and J&J) or you can go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. You can put in the vaccine you are looking for and your zip code and it will list locations near you. If you are not vaccinated, is important to continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands.”

Lawrence County has has 9,400 vaccines initiated, accounting for 26.9 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of June 30, Missouri has had 524,714 confirmed cases and 9,311 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,660,686 positives and 604,656 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, 2,722,711 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 44.4 percent of the total population and 54.8 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 76 events (+3) 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 0.0027 percent of the total number of people vaccinated.

Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth, said on Twitter Thursday the number of cases are a growing concern.

He tweeted, “32% symptomatic pos. rate, very concerning! (From 4%) 4 pediatric Covid inpatients yesterday. Age…a few weeks old to 18 y/o If you are making wildly disparaging comments about the vaccine, and have no public health expertise, you may be responsible for someone’s death. Shut up.”

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 677 cases (+7), those 25-40 account for 724 cases (+12), those 41-60 account for 1,000 cases (+16) and those 61-and-over account for 921 cases (+9).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,792 to 1,820, while male cases rose from 1,486 to 1,502.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,304 attributable cases, and the other 18 (+2) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 19 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of June 30, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,767; Stone, 2,352; McDonald, 2,471; Newton, 4,635; Benton (Ark.), 22,298; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,408.

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 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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