40 in isolation, 3 hospitalized for COVID-19 in Barry County

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

74 more close contacts in isolation

The number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County continued its climb this week, as the county reported it is up to 87 total cases as of Tuesday afternoon, including three people hospitalized.

According to a joint situation report from the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 84 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, one presumptive and two antibody positives. A total of 40 people are considered active cases in isolation, three of whom are hospitalized, and 74 close contacts are quarantined in their homes.

A total of 47 people have recovered from the virus.

The majority of the cases are in younger residents. People under 25 account for 31 cases (35 percent), those 25-40 account for 28 cases (32 percent), those 41-60 account for 11 cases (13 percent) and those 61-and-over account for 17 cases (20 percent). Gender-wise, cases are nearly equally split, with 45 females and 42 males.

Community spread has been the leading cause with 77 attributable cases, and the other 10 are attributed to travel.

Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. They include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 7 cases

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 19 cases

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases

• EFCO, 4 cases

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case

• Lacoba Homes, 1 case

• Tyson, 2 cases

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case

New cases in the last week were pinpointed at George’s, Bentonview Park, EFCO, Lowe’s, Lacoba Homes and Tyson.

Counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 48; Stone, 20; McDonald, 632; Newton, 478;, Benton (Ark.), 3,043; and Carroll (Ark.), 195.

Unemployment in Barry County has risen to 10 percent, up from 4.3 percent in February. It is the highest unemployment for the county in 12 years, which is the extent of the state’s online record-keeping. In May 2019, the county had a 2.9 percent unemployment rate.

Google user data through July 3 shows hikes in retail and recreation, 16 percent above the baseline, for the weeks of May 29, June 7 and June 14. The week of June 27 showed a drop to 4 percent below the baseline, and the week of July 3 climbed to 44 percent above the baseline.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline, only below 10 percent higher the week of June 27.

Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27, the fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3.

Residential mobility has held steady at up between 1-3 percent since the week of May 29.

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  • This was the best article I have read so far. You have all the facts and was easy to understand. I especially liked the way you have the surrounding counties numbers. I have been going to each one seperately. I also check Jasper County. Again, thank you for an easy read with pivotal points

    -- Posted by Leah Moss on Wed, Jul 8, 2020, at 1:39 PM
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