COVID actives back in triple digits

Saturday, July 10, 2021

More than 150 people quarantined this week

For the first time since the start of February, the number active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has climbed over 100, nearly doubling the count from last week.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,405 (+83) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of July 8, a total of 115 (+54) people were considered active cases in isolation, and seven are hospitalized (-1). There are more than 150 close contacts (+50) quarantined in their homes.

One new death was reported this week, the first in the county since mid-March. The total number of deaths in the county is 60, 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 36 (+1) lived independently in their homes. A total of 55 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 38 (+1) 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 0.17 percent.

A total of 3,230 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 28 since June 30.

A total of 29,573 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 82.4 percent of the county’s population. The 3,405 positives account for 9.5 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.51 percent (+.06). The weekly positive test rate is 15.84 percent (-1.28).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 11,595, a gain of 164 and accounting for 32.4 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 40.1 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 83 active cases (+10 from June 29), 3,896 (+129) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,709 (+117) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 104 (+2) people have died in Lawrence County.

“Some of our cases are currently hospitalized,” a post on the Department’s Facebook page said. “Local hospitals are at capacity due to COVID. This is also affecting non-COVID-related procedures that others are in need of. Hospitals are having to transfer COVID patients to other states for care. Things are serious, and we all need to do what we can to get a handle on this vicious virus.

“Again, we are urging people to get vaccinated. They are proven to be effective, even against the delta variant. If you have had COVID previously, that will not going to give you the long-term protection you will need if you are exposed again. Only [27] percent of eligible people in Lawrence County have been vaccinated. That is roughly [2.7] out of 10 people. We can do better than this, I know we can! Please call and make your appointment with us, or your nearest pharmacy. It is free and it's effective. If you have transportation issues we may be able to help, so call us at 417-466-2201.”

Lawrence County has has 10,562 vaccines initiated, accounting for 27.5 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of July 8, Missouri has had 531,126 confirmed cases and 9,377 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,771,942 positives and 606,220 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, 2,753,516 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 44.9 percent of the total population and 55.4 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 78 events (+2) 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 0.0028 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 37,719 people.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 695 cases (+18), those 25-40 account for 749 cases (+25), those 41-60 account for 1,020 cases (+20) and those 61-and-over account for 941 cases (+20).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,820 to 1,874, while male cases rose from 1,502 to 1,531.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,387 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 20 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of July 8, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,896; Stone, 2,418; McDonald, 2,198; Newton, 4,784; Benton (Ark.), 30,024; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,927.

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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