Active cases continue to rise

Friday, July 23, 2021

Numbers nearly quadruple in last month

Barry County has nearly four times as many active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases as a month ago, and hospitalizations due to the virus remain in the double digits.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,623 (+127) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of July 22, a total of 162 (+34) people were considered active cases in isolation, and 10 are hospitalized (-3).

There are more than 200 close contacts (even) quarantined in their homes.

Two new deaths were reported this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 62, 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 38 (+2) lived independently in their homes. A total of 57 (+2) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 40 (+2) males and 22 (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 0.17 percent.

A total of 3,399 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 91 since July 16.

A total of 31,138 tests have been done in Barry County, equating to 86.7 percent of the county’s population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 3,623 positives account for 10 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.64 percent (+.15). The weekly positive test rate is 17.89 percent (+7.23).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 12,395, a gain of 303 and accounting for 34.6 percent of the county’s total population. About 20 percent of the county is comprised of children 16 and under who were originally not eligible to receive a vaccine, about 7,177 individuals. If those people are not counted, about 43.1 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 July 21, it had 157 active cases (+30 from July 16), 4,206 (+101) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,940 (+69) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 109 (+2) people have died in Lawrence County.

Our cases continue to rise with no signs of slowing,” a post on the department’s Facebook page said. “We hope our residents see how serious our situation is. We need to start moving in a different direction. In order to do that, we ask that you please consider vaccination if you haven't done so and are able. We also ask that if you are not vaccinated, or if you've initiated your vaccinations, to remember to take those additional precautions to protect yourself and others.

“The Governor announced a new vaccination incentive program [this week]. Starting in July, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will partner with the Missouri Lottery to draw 180 winners in five randomized drawings who will win either $10,000 cash or $10,000 towards an education savings account. In total, the state will award 900 individuals throughout the incentive program. More details may be found at:”

Lawrence County has has 11,419 vaccines initiated (+320), accounting for 29.8 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of July 22, Missouri has had 551,609 confirmed cases and 9,534 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 34,230,391 positives and 609,887 deaths, a rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.18 percent of the nation’s population, or 1.8 of every 1,000 people. 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, 2,852,499 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 46.5 percent of the total population and 57.1 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 81 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 0.0028 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 35,216 people.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 761 cases (+39), those 25-40 account for 800 cases (+29), those 41-60 account for 1,094 cases (+46) and those 61-and-over account for 968 cases (+13).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,917 to 1,988, while male cases rose from 1,579 to 1,635.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,605 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 22 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of July 22, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 4,206; Stone, 2,628; McDonald, 2,247; Newton, 5,109; Benton (Ark.), 31,218; and Carroll (Ark.), 3,087.

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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