Case count climbs 75 percent after first week of school

Thursday, September 2, 2021

146 active cases of COVID-19 in Barry County

Barry Countyís positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) spiked 75 percent in the last week, the first week school was back in session.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 4,178 (+99 from Aug. 26) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Sept. 1, a total of 146 (+63) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 3 are hospitalized (+1).

There are more than 250 close contacts (+100) quarantined in their homes.

Two new deaths were reported in the last week. The total number of deaths in the county is 71, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 25 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 46 (+2) lived independently in their homes. A total of 64 (+2) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 45 (+1) males and 26 (+1) 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 0.2 percent, or about 2 of every 1,000 residents.

A total of 3,961 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 34 since Aug. 18.

A total of 35,758 tests have been done in Barry County, equating to 99 percent of the countyís population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 4,178 positives account for 11.6 percent of the countyís population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.68 percent (+.05). The weekly positive test rate is 24.96 percent (+12.63).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 14,678, a gain of 235 in the last week and accounting for 40.4 percent of the countyís 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 51 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 Aug. 30 it had 4,903 total confirmed cases (+167). A total of 122 (+4) people have died in Lawrence County.

A new reporting system from the health department no longer includes the number of active cases or number of recovered cases.

Lawrence County has 36 percent of is population ages 12-and-up vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Sept. 1, Missouri has had 632,051 confirmed cases and 10,622 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 39,260,718 positives and 640,914 deaths, a rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.19 percent of the nationís population, or 1.9 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, 3,180,845 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 51.8 percent of the total population and 62.9 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 104 (+2) 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.

They are listed as 97 deaths, 3 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 2 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.0033 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 30,581 people.

School is now back in session, and the Cassville school district reported 5 (+4 since Aug. 27) active cases, accounting for 0.23 percent of the districtís population. A total of 37 people are quarantined due to school-related cases, accounting for 1.69 percent of the districtís population.

Monett has five positive cases, one at the elementary, one at Central Park and three at the high school. A total of 19 students are quarantined, 10 at the elementary, two at Central Park, two at the intermediate, one at the middle school, two at the high school and two at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 908 cases (+33), those 25-40 account for 944 cases (+25), those 41-60 account for 1,240 cases (+21) and those 61-and-over account for 1,080 cases (+20).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,234 to 2,288, while male cases rose from 1,845 to 1,890.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 4,160 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Sept. 1, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 4,903; Stone, 3,063; McDonald, 2,558; Newton, 5,805; Benton (Ark.), 37,639; and Carroll (Ark.), 3,867.

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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