17 new COVID cases logged in last 2 weeks

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Vaccination rate nearly up to 1-in-4 countywide

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County remained at 12 active since two weeks ago, and only 17 new cases have been reported in that time frame.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,100 (+17) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of April 7, a total of 12 (even) people were considered active cases in isolation, and one is hospitalized (even). There are more than 25 close contacts (-5) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths occurred in the last two weeks. The total number of deaths in the county is 53, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 24 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 29 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 48 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 32 (even) males and 21 (even) 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 0.15 percent.

A total of 3,035 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 17 since March 17.

A total of 24,837 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 69 percent of the county’s population. The 3,100 positives account for 8.6 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 12.5 percent (down 0.5 percent from March 17 and still up 5.05 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 8,470, accounting for 23.7 percent of the county’s population.

The Lawrence County Health Department reported on April 2 it had 8 active cases (-6 from March 18), 3,442 (+17) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,334 (+21) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 100 (+2) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of April 7, Missouri has had 491,900 confirmed cases and 8,509 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 30,876,041 positives and 558,627 deaths, a rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.14 percent and 0.17 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 630 cases (20 percent, even from March 17), those 25-40 account for 667 cases (22 percent, even from March 17), those 41-60 account for 926 cases (30 percent, even from March 17) and those 61-and-over account for 877 cases (28 percent, even from March 17).

Gender-wise, cases among females in the last two weeks was unchanged at 1,698, while male cases rose from 1,394 to 1,402.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,084 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last nine weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of April 7, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,442; Stone, 2,097; McDonald, 1,974; Newton, 4,182; Benton (Ark.), 21,319; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,336.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of April 1, Monett had zero (even from March 19) positive case within the district. A total of six (even) at the district are in quarantine, including two in Monett Elementary, one at Central Park Elementary, one at the intermediate school, one at the middle school, none at the high school, one at Scott Tech and none at the Monett Regional Learning Center.

As of March 29, Cassville schools reported no active cases, down one from March 8. The district also has no school-related quarantines.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from January, shows the county remains at 6.1 percent, up 2.1 percent from November 2020. 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 and included 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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