Barry County’s cases stabilize

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Another 39 cases added in past week

The number of new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases is again holding steady, but doing so at a higher rate than when it stabilized for a few weeks in July.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 336 (+39) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Aug. 25, a total of 48 (-13 from Aug. 18) people were considered active cases in isolation and four are hospitalized (even). There are 187 close contacts (+59) 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, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went back down in the last week from 1.3 percent to 1.2 percent, and the survival rate is 98.8 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.011 percent.

A total of 284 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 52 since Aug. 18.

A total of 6,652 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 18.5 percent of the county’s population. The 336 positives account for 0.9 percent of the county’s population and a positive test rate of 5.1 percent (up 0.3 percent from Aug. 18).

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 18, Missouri has had 75,604 confirmed cases and 1,426 deaths, a death rate of 1.9 percent (98.1 percent survival rate), down 0.3 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 5,755,002 positives and 177,773 deaths, a rate of 3.1 percent (96.9 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 2,020,774 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.023 percent and 0.054 percent, respectively.

The majority of the Barry County cases are still in younger residents. People under 25 account for 92 cases (28 percent, -1 from Aug. 18), those 25-40 account for 88 cases (26 percent, +1 from Aug. 18), those 41-60 account for 81 cases (24 percent, even from Aug. 18) and those 61-and-over account for 75 cases (22 percent, even from Aug. 18).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 156 to 177, while male cases rose from 141 to 159.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 323 attributable cases, and the other 13 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Aug. 4, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 27 cases (2 new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 30 cases (1 new)

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

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

• EFCO, 11 cases (no new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (1 new)

• Tyson, 8 cases (1 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 (no new)

• Roark Family Health and Medical Spa, 1 case (no new)

As of Aug. 25, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 319; Stone, 247; McDonald, 980; Newton, 1,028; Benton (Ark.), 5,097; and Carroll (Ark.), 436.

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. Figures dropped to 11 percent above the week of July 10, then climbed to 12, 13, 15 and 18 percent through the week of Aug. 14. the week of Aug. 21 was at 17 percent above the baseline.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It peaked at 20 percent the week of July 17 before falling to 9 percent up on Aug. 14 and 10 percent up on Aug. 21.

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, except for the week of July 25, where it fell to only 8 percent below the baseline, has stayed at about 20 percent lower than normal.

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 weeks of Aug. 14 and 21.

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 have been extended through Sept. 30 and include required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, 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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