COVID actives stay near 100 over fortnight

Thursday, December 23, 2021

6 new deaths reported in Barry County

Barry County’s active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases remained near 100 over the past 12 days, but six more residents with underlying health conditions have died of the virus.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 5,098 (+162 from Dec. 9) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Dec. 21, a total of 90 (-7) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 6 are hospitalized (-1).

Per the Missouri Attorney General, local health departments no longer have the authority to enforce any quarantining of close contacts.

Six new deaths have been reported since Dec. 9. The total number of deaths in the county is 88, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 28 (+2) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 60 (+4) lived independently in their homes. A total of 80 (+6) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 56 (+3) males and 32 (+3) 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 0.25 percent, or about 2.5 of every 1,000 residents.

A total of 4,920 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 163 from Dec. 9.

A total of 46,266 tests have been done in Barry County, surpassing county’s total population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 5,098 positives account for 14.2 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.02 percent (-.0). The weekly positive test rate is 10.34 percent (+2.05).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 15,733, a gain of 248 since Dec. 9 and accounting for 44 percent of the county’s total population. Pfizer has been approved to vaccinate children 5-and-up.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of Dec. 17 it had 5,712 total confirmed cases (+180 from Dec. 6). A total of 137 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County.

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

Lawrence County has 41.5 percent of is population ages 5-and-up fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Dec. 21, Missouri has had 782,935 confirmed cases and 12,843 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.21 percent of the state population, or 2.1 of every 1,000 people. Nationally, there have been 51,127,557 positives and 808,128 deaths, a rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.25 percent of the nation’s population, or 2.5 of every 1,000 people. State and national recovery figures are not provided.

Statewide, 3,686,194 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 60.1 percent of the total population and 71.2 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 154 (+8) 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 145 deaths, 4 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 3 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.004 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 23,940 people.

As of Dec. 17, the Cassville school district reported 1 (-3 from Dec. 6) active cases, accounting for .05 percent of the district population. Students are no longer being ordered to quarantine.

Monett has 13 positive cases (-12), two at the elementary, four at Central Park, four at the intermediate school, none at the middle school, three at the high school and none at Scott Tech. A total of 23 are quarantined (-25), seven at the elementary, two at Central Park, two at the intermediate school, three at the middle school, nine at the high school and none at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 1,179 cases (+42), those 25-40 account for 1,143 cases (+38), those 41-60 account for 1,464 cases (+38) and those 61-and-over account for 1,312 cases (+44).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,699 to 2,782, while male cases rose from 2,237 to 2,316.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 5,080 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Dec. 21, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 5,712; Stone, 3,608; McDonald, 2,973; Newton, 6,634; Benton (Ark.), 45,215; and Carroll (Ark.), 4,519.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from October, shows the county rose slightly to 2.9 percent after hitting a low of 2.6 percent. Unemployment was 4.7 percent in June and 3.8 percent in July. 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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