Active COVID cases steady, but high

Thursday, November 19, 2020

4 new deaths, 247 active cases announced this week

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has fallen slightly but still remains well above 200, and with an 11 percent positive test rate.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 1,674 (+220) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 18, a total of 247 (-7 from Nov. 11) people were considered active cases in isolation, and 10 are hospitalized (+2). There are more than 500 close contacts (-100) quarantined in their homes.

Seven new deaths were announced this week, all residents of congregate care facilities with underlying health conditions, bringing the total number of deaths in Barry County to 27. Of the deaths, 14 have been residents of congregate care facilities, and nine lived independently in their homes. All had underlying health conditions. Two died from COVID-related complications, and two deaths were people who lived independently with no underlying conditions.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went up 0.1 percent to 1.4 percent, and the survival rate is 98.6 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.067 percent.

A total of 1,404 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 223 since Nov. 11.

A total of 14,454 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 40.3 percent of the county’s population. The 1,674 positives account for 4.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 11.6 percent (up 1.1 percent from Nov. 11 and 4.14 percent from Nov. 4).

In Lawrence County, active cases have fallen compared to last week. As of Nov. 16, there were 97 active cases (-34). Lawrence County has 1,587 (+122) total confirmed cases, and a total of 1,445 (+152) people have recovered from the virus. A total of 45 (+4) people have died in Lawrence County. 

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Nov. 18, Missouri has had 248,886 confirmed cases and 3,453 deaths, a death rate of 1.4 percent (98.6 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 11,340,563 positives and 248,429 deaths, a rate of 2.2 percent (97.8 percent survival rate). Additionally, 4,244,811 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.056 percent and 0.075 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases have shifted more toward the elderly population. People under 25 account for 356 cases (21 percent, -1 from Nov. 11), those 25-40 account for 379 cases (23 percent, +2 from Nov. 11), those 41-60 account for 462 cases (28 percent, +1 from Nov. 11) and those 61-and-over account for 477 cases (28 percent, -2 from Nov. 11).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 802 to 921, while male cases rose from 652 to 753.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 1,660 attributable cases, and the other 14 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19. As of Nov. 18, congregate care facilities affected include:

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 32 cases (1 new)

• Lacoba Homes, 50 cases (2 new)

• Roaring River Health and Rehab, 114 cases (no new)

• Cassville Healthcare and Rehab, 45 cases (11 new)

Other businesses with more than 10 known cases include:

• George’s Processing Plant, 63 cases (2 new)

• EFCO, 22 cases (3 new)

• Tyson, 20 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 12 cases (no new)

As of Nov. 18, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 1,587; Stone, 1,020; McDonald, 1,325; Newton, 2,633; Benton (Ark.), 9,095; and Carroll (Ark.), 1,120.

Area schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID. As of Nov. 13, Monett had 15 (-1) positive cases within the district, nine in-district students, one non-district student and five staff. A total of 218 (+31) at the district are in quarantine, including 56 in Monett Elementary, 29 at Central Park Elementary, 34 at the intermediate school, 32 at the middle school, 37 at the high school, 30 at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

Cassville last reported an update on Nov. 6 with four total positive cases, making up 0.19 percent of the district population. A total of 96 are in quarantine related to school cases, accounting for 4.54 percent of the district population.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from September, is down from 7 percent in August to 4 percent. The rate remains up from 4.3 percent in February.

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 Dec. 31 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 call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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