COVID actives spike above 100

Thursday, January 6, 2022

41 more actives raise count to highest in four months

Barry Countyís active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases diminished by a third last week, but this week, cases spiked to more than 100 active for the first time since Sept. 15, 2021.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 5,265 (+104 from Dec. 29) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 4, a total of 104 (+41) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 5 are hospitalized (+1).

Per the Missouri Attorney General, local health departments no longer have the authority to enforce any quarantining of close contacts.

One new death has been reported since Dec. 29. The total number of deaths in the county is 91, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 30 (+1) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 61 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 83 (+1) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 58 (+1) males and 33 (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 0.25 percent, or about 2.5 of every 1,000 residents.

A total of 5,070 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 72 from Dec. 29.

A total of 47,807 tests have been done in Barry County, surpassing countyís total population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 5,265 positives account for 14.7 percent of the countyís population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.01 percent (+0.5). The weekly positive test rate is 14.36 percent (+3.4).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 16,040, a gain of 112 since Dec. 29 and accounting for 44.8 percent of the countyís total population. Pfizer has been approved to vaccinate children 5-and-up.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of Jan. 5 it had 5,985 total confirmed cases (+273 from Dec. 17). A total of 139 (+2) people have died in Lawrence County.

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

Lawrence County has 41.5 percent of is population ages 5-and-up fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Jan. 4, Missouri has had 844,728 confirmed cases and 13,268 deaths, a death rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.21 percent of the state population, or 2.1 of every 1,000 people. Nationally, there have been 57,038,728 positives and 829,963 deaths, a rate of 1.5 percent (98.5 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.25 percent of the nationís population, or 2.5 of every 1,000 people. State and national recovery figures are not provided.

Statewide, 3,745,744 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 61 percent of the total population and 72.1 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, as of Dec. 29, showed 160 (+6) 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 151 deaths, 4 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 3 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state at that time accounted for 0.004 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 23,223 people.

As of Dec. 17, the Cassville school district reported 1 (-3 from Dec. 6) active cases, accounting for .05 percent of the district population.

Monett has 26 positive cases (+26), four at the elementary, three at Central Park, seven at the intermediate school, one at the middle school, eight at the high school and three at Scott Tech. A total of 13 are quarantined (+13), two at the elementary, two at Central Park, three at the intermediate school, three at the middle school, one at the high school and two at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 1,214 cases (+25), those 25-40 account for 1,179 cases (+17), those 41-60 account for 1,521 cases (+36) and those 61-and-over account for 1,351 cases (+26).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,815 to 2,874, while male cases rose from 2,346 to 2,391.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 5,274 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Jan. 4, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 5,985; Stone, 3,722; McDonald, 3,045; Newton, 6,860; Benton (Ark.), 47,400; and Carroll (Ark.), 4,646.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from October, shows the county rose slightly to 2.9 percent after hitting a low of 2.6 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.

Gov. Mike Parsonís statewide emergency declaration expired on Dec. 31, 2021.

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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