Barry County’s cases spike in past week

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

After plateau, new cases nearly double

The number of new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases each week in Barry County was beginning to plateau, but from Aug. 11-18, new cases nearly doubled compared to previous weeks.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 297 (+41) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Aug. 18, a total of 61 (+28 from Aug. 11) people were considered active cases in isolation and four are hospitalized (+2). There are 128 close contacts (+24) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen four deaths. A 77-year-old man a 67-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions, and a 71-year-old woman and 86-year-old man, both with serious underlying health conditions all died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The death rate in Barry County went up in the last week from 1.2 percent to 1.3 percent, and the survival rate is 98.7 percent.

A total of 232 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 13 since Aug. 11.

A total of 6,213 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 17.3 percent of the county’s population. The 297 positives account for 0.8 percent of the county’s population and a positive test rate of 4.8 percent.

Compton said this rate is what the county is closely tracking.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 18, Missouri has had 64,374 confirmed cases and 1,396 deaths, a death rate of 2.2 percent (97.8 percent survival rate), down 0.1 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 5,454,333 positives and 170,905 deaths, a rate of 3.1 percent (96.9 percent survival rate), down 0.1 percent from last week. Additionally, 1,865,580 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The majority of the Barry County cases are still in younger residents. People under 25 account for 85 cases (29 percent, -1 from Aug. 11), those 25-40 account for 74 cases (25 percent, +1 from Aug. 11), those 41-60 account for 73 cases (24 percent, even from Aug. 11) and those 61-and-over account for 65 cases (22 percent, even from Aug. 11).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 136 to 156, while male cases rose from 120 to 141.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 284 attributable cases, and the other 13 (+1) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Aug. 4, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 25 cases (12 new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 29 cases (no new)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)

• PlayPower, 2 cases, 1 Barry County resident (no new)

• EFCO, 11 cases (1 new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 40 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 7 cases (2 new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 6 cases (no new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (no new)

• Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, 1 case (no new)

• Steak Inn, 2 cases (2 new)

• Roark Family Health and Medical Spa, 1 case (1 new)

As of Aug. 4, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 271; Stone, 196; McDonald, 962; Newton, 962; Benton (Ark.), 4,933; and Carroll (Ark.), 359.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, is down from 10 percent to 9.2 percent. The rate is up from 4.3 percent in February.

The 10 percent rate 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 shows hikes in retail and recreation, climbing to 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. The week of July 10 came in at 11 percent above the baseline, and the week of July 17 shows 12 percent above the baseline. The week of July 25 showed equal to the baseline, July 31 was 13 percent above the baseline and Aug. 7, was up 15 percent. The most recent week, Aug. 14, was up 18 percent.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline, only below 10 percent higher the week of June 27. It was up 20 percent the week of July 17, 16 percent the week of July 25 and 19 percent the weeks of July 31 and Aug. 7. The week of Aug. 14 was up 9 percent.

Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27. It then fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3 and 23 percent below on the weeks of July 10 and July 17. For the week of July 25, it fell to only 8 percent below the baseline. Then, in the weeks of July 31 and Aug. 7, it went back up to 22 percent and 23 percent below the baseline. For the week of Aug. 14, it was down 19 percent.

Residential mobility had held steady at 3 percent since the week of July 3, dropping to 2 percent above the baseline the week of Aug. 7, then 1 percent above the baseline the week of Aug. 14.

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.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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