Barry County cases up 50 percent in last week
64 in isolation as count hops from 101 to 151; 221 close contacts quarantined
The number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County rose 50 percent in the past week, jumping from 101 on July 9 to 151 today.
According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 148 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, one presumptive and two antibody positives. As of Wednesday, a total of 64 people were considered active cases in isolation, one of whom is hospitalized, and 221 close contacts are quarantined in their homes.
A total of 87 people have recovered from the virus.
A total of 3,565 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 10 percent of the county’s population. The 151 positives account for 0.4 percent of the county’s population.
According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide, Missouri has had 28,826 confirmed cases and 1,093 deaths, a death rate of 3.8 percent. Nationally, there have been 3,426,053 positives and 136,158 deaths, a rate of 4 percent. Additionally, 1,049,098 have recovered nationally.
Community-wide COVID-19 testing is available free on Saturday in Cassville at Cassville High School. People may register by calling 877-435-8411, or online at https://health.mo.gov/communitytest.
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.
“COVID is in our communities — all of them,” said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. “Every corner of Barry County is experiencing cases of COVID. We are now seeing an increase in the number of persons under 40 who are contracting this virus, likely due to increased summertime activities, decreased physical distancing, and a lack of face coverings. It is imperative that everyone practice physical distancing, wear face covers when in public and diligently wash hands and clean surfaces.”
The majority of the cases are in younger residents. People under 25 account for 54 cases (36 percent, +1 from last week), those 25-40 account for 43 cases (28 percent, -4 from last week), those 41-60 account for 24 cases (16 percent, +3 from last week) and those 61-and-over account for 30 cases (20 percent, same as last week). Gender-wise, cases among females jumped this week from 45 to 84, while male cases rose from 42 to 67.
Community spread has been the leading cause with 141 attributable cases, and the other 10 are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Wedensday, they included:
• George’s Processing Plant, 9 cases (2 new)
• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 19 cases (no new)
• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)
• PlayPower, 2 cases, 1 Barry County resident (no new)
• EFCO, 7 cases (3 new)
• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)
• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)
• Lacoba Homes, 38 cases (37 new after first case announced July 15)
• Tyson, 2 cases (no new)
• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)
• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (all new)
• International Dehydrated Foods, 3 cases (all new)
As of Wednesday, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 105; Stone, 30; McDonald, 743; Newton, 587; Benton (Ark.), 3,551; and Carroll (Ark.), 236.
Unemployment in Barry County has risen to 10 percent, up from 4.3 percent in February. It is the highest unemployment for the county in 12 years, which is the extent of the state’s online record-keeping. In May 2019, the county had a 2.9 percent unemployment rate.
Google user data through July 10 shows hikes in retail and recreation, 16 percent above the baseline, for the weeks of May 29, June 7 and June 14. The week of June 27 showed a drop to 4 percent below the baseline, and the week of July 3 climbed to 44 percent above the baseline. The week of July 10 came in at 11 percent above the baseline.
Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline, only below 10 percent higher the week of June 27.
Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27. It then fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3 and 23 percent below on the week of July 10.
Residential mobility has held steady at up between 1-3 percent since the week of May 29.
For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.