COVID cases stay near 80

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

65 new cases reported in last 6 days

Barry County’s active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have leveled for a week, with a few less new cases than last week and a few less active cases, as well.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 4,808 (+65 from Nov. 17) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 24, a total of 78 (-11) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 3 are hospitalized (even).

There are more than 150 close contacts (-150) quarantined in their homes.

One new death was reported in the last week. The total number of deaths in the county is 80, 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 54 (+1) lived independently in their homes. A total of 72 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 51 (+1) 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 4,650 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 126 from Nov. 17.

A total of 43,111 tests have been done in Barry County, surpassing county’s total population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 4,808 positives account for 13.4 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.15 percent (-.13). The weekly positive test rate is 6.05 percent (-15.25).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 15,175, a gain of 167 in the last week and accounting for 42.4 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. 24, Missouri has had 733,443 confirmed cases and 12,520 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 47,984,647 positives and 773,864 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, 3,540,618 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 57.7 percent of the total population and 69 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 144 (+5) 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 135 deaths, 4 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 3 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.004 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 24,588 people.

As of Nov. 23, the Cassville school district reported 5 (-14 from Nov. 14) active cases, accounting for .23 percent of the district population. A total of 22 (-44) were quarantined due to school-related cases, accounting for 1.02 percent of the district population. The district removed the listing for the number of students using the test-to-stay option, where they are identified as a close contact but allowed to stay in school with routine negative COVID tests.

Monett has 6 positive cases (+2), one at the elementary, none at Central Park, none at the intermediate school, two at the middle school, two at the high school and one at Scott Tech. A total of 15 are quarantined (-3), four at the elementary, none at Central Park, two at the intermediate school, two at the middle school, three at the high school and four at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 1,112 cases (+18), those 25-40 account for 1,078 cases (+15), those 41-60 account for 1,383 cases (+15) and those 61-and-over account for 1,235 cases (+17).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,559 to 2,634, while male cases rose from 2,144 to 2,174.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 4,790 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Nov. 24, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 5,361; Stone, 3,467; McDonald, 2,847; Newton, 6,317; Benton (Ark.), 43,550; and Carroll (Ark.), 4,374.

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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