Barry County’s cases hold steady at 26 new, less in isolation

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Added cases even with previous week, close contact numbers climb slightly

The number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County were consistent in the last week, again gaining 26 (even) from the previous week, and with 24 people recovering.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 232 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, one presumptive and two antibody positives. As of Aug. 4, a total of 36 (-17 from July 30) people were considered active cases in isolation and one is hospitalized (+1). There are 139 close contacts (+7) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen two deaths, a 77-year-old man and a 67-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions and died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

A total of 194 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 24 since July 30, down 19 from the previous week.

A total of 5,145 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 14 percent of the county’s population. The 232 positives account for 0.6 percent of the county’s population.

The death rate in Barry County stands at 0.9 percent, and the survival rate is 99.1 percent.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 4, Missouri has had 51,139 confirmed cases and 1,255 deaths, a death rate of 2.5 percent (97.5 percent survival rate), down 0.2 percent from last week. Nationally, there have been 4,727,879 positives and 155,814 deaths, a rate of 3.3 percent (96.7 percent survival rate), down 0.1 percent from last week. Additionally, 1,513,446 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The majority of the Barry County cases are in younger residents. People under 25 account for 71 cases (31 percent, even from July 30), those 25-40 account for 59 cases (25 percent, even from July 30), those 41-60 account for 50 cases (22 percent, even from July 30) and those 61-and-over account for 50 cases (22 percent, even from July 30).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 109 to 122, while male cases rose from 97 to 108.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 220 attributable cases, and the other 10 are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Aug. 4, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 11 cases (no new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 28 cases (1 new)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)

• PlayPower, 2 cases, 1 Barry County resident (no new)

• EFCO, 8 cases (1 new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 40 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 4 cases (1 new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 6 cases (2 new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (no new)

As of July 30, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 204; Stone, 88; McDonald, 936; Newton, 807; Benton (Ark.), 4,528; and Carroll (Ark.), 340.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, is down from 10 percent to 9.2 percent. The rate is up from 4.3 percent in February.

The 10 percent rate 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 shows hikes in retail and recreation climbed to 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. The week of July 10 came in at 11 percent above the baseline, and the week of July 17 shows 12 percent above the baseline. The week of July 25 showed equal to the baseline, and the most recent week, July 31, was 13 percent above the baseline.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline, only below 10 percent higher the week of June 27. It was up 20 percent the week of July 17, 16 percent the week of July 25 and 19 percent the week of July 31.

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 weeks of July 10 and July 17. For the week of July 25, it fell to only 8 percent below the baseline, but this last week, July 31, went back up to 22 percent above the baseline.

Residential mobility has held steady at 3 percent since the week of July 3.

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.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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