Active cases dip this week

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Weekly test rate climbs up to 21 percent positive

Barry County’s positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases took a dip this week, falling from more than 160 active cases to below 120.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,708 (+85) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of July 28, a total of 118 (-44) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 8 are hospitalized (-2).

There are more than 150 close contacts (-150) quarantined in their homes.

No 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 3,528 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 129 since July 22.

A total of 31,529 tests have been done in Barry County, equating to 87.8 percent of the county’s population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 3,708 positives account for 10.3 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.72 percent (+.12). The weekly positive test rate is 21.74 percent (+3.85).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 12,825, a gain of 430 and accounting for 35.8 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 44.6 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.

Lawrence County has has 11,930 vaccines initiated (+511), accounting for 31.1 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of July 28, Missouri has had 561,939 confirmed cases and 9,683 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 34,608,383 positives and 611,316 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, 2,929,126 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 47.7 percent of the total population and 58.5 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 85 events 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 0.0029 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 34,458 people.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 783 cases (+21), those 25-40 account for 815 cases (+15), those 41-60 account for 1,124 cases (+30) and those 61-and-over account for 986 cases (+18).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,988 to 2,043, while male cases rose from 1,635 to 1,665.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,690 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 23 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of July 28, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 4,206; Stone, 2,703; McDonald, 2,299; Newton, 5,223; Benton (Ark.), 32,023; and Carroll (Ark.), 3,184.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, shows the county climbed slightly, from 4.2 in May to 4.7 percent, which is 0.8 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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