COVID cases continue to rise

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

72 new cases reported in last 6 days

Barry County’s active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have continued to rise, with 72 new cases reported in the county in the last six days.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 4,743 (+72 from Nov. 11) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 17, a total of 89 (+21) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 3 are hospitalized (even).

There are more than 200 close contacts (+125) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths were reported in the last week. The total number of deaths in the county is 79, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 26 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 53 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 71 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 50 (even) males and 29 (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 0.22 percent, or about 2.2 of every 1,000 residents.

A total of 4,524 people had recovered from the virus, even from Nov. 11.

A total of 42,036 tests have been done in Barry County, surpassing county’s total population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 4,743 positives account for 13.2 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.28 percent (+.08). The weekly positive test rate is 21.3 percent (+13.47).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 15,008, a gain of 198 in the last week and accounting for 41.9 percent of the county’s total population. Pfizer has been approved to vaccinate children 5-and-up.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of Nov. 12 it had 5,361 total confirmed cases (+56 from Oct. 29). A total of 131 (+1) people have died in Lawrence County.

A new reporting system from the health department no longer includes the number of active cases or number of recovered cases.

Lawrence County has 40 percent of is population ages 5-and-up fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Nov. 17, Missouri has had 718,643 confirmed cases and 12,423 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.2 percent of the state population, or 2 of every 1,000 people. Nationally, there have been 47,319,103 positives and 766,018 deaths, a rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.23 percent of the nation’s population, or 2.3 of every 1,000 people. State and national recovery figures are not provided.

Statewide, 3,497,940 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 57 percent of the total population and 68.5 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 139 (even) events reported where death was a result, possibly in relation to a vaccine. A report is not conclusive evidence the vaccine was the cause of death.

They are listed as 130 deaths, 4 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 3 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.0037 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 26,910 people.

As of Nov. 12, the Cassville school district reported 19 (+12 from Nov. 5) active cases, accounting for .88 percent of the district population. A total of 66 (+33) were quarantined due to school-related cases, and 24 students were utilizing the test-to-stay option, identified as a close contact but allowed to stay in school with routine negative COVID tests.

Monett has 4 positive cases (+1), one at the elementary, none at Central Park, one at the intermediate school, one at the middle school, one at the high school and none at Scott Tech. A total of 18 are quarantined (-15), six at the elementary, none at Central Park, five at the intermediate school, one at the middle school, two at the high school and four at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 1,094 cases (+37), those 25-40 account for 1,063 cases (+10), those 41-60 account for 1,368 cases (+12) and those 61-and-over account for 1,218 cases (+13).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,559 to 2,599, while male cases rose from 2,112 to 2,144.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 4,725 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Nov. 17, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 5,361; Stone, 3,413; McDonald, 2,816; Newton, 6,227; Benton (Ark.), 43,099; and Carroll (Ark.), 4,350.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from September, shows the county fell even further to its lowest rate yet at 2.6 percent, down from the previous low of 3.5 percent. Unemployment was 4.7 percent in June and 3.8 percent in July. 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, meaning there is no longer a requirement for source control masking of service providers. Physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices are still recommended per CDC guidelines.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, 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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