County’s COVID cases in single digits

Friday, April 16, 2021

About 33 percent of eligible people vaccinated

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County has dropped into the single digits, and nearly 1-in-3 eligible persons has been vaccinated.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,106 (+6) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of April 15, a total of 7 (-5) people were considered active cases in isolation, and none are hospitalized (-1). There are more than 20 close contacts (-5) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths occurred in the last three weeks. The total number of deaths in the county is 53, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 24 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 29 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 48 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 32 (even) males and 21 (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 0.15 percent.

A total of 3,048 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 13 since April 7.

A total of 24,837 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 69 percent of the county’s population. The 3,106 positives account for 8.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 12.3 percent (down 0.2 percent from April 7 and still up 4.85 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 9,189, accounting for 25.7 percent of the county’s total population. About 20 percent of the county is comprised of children 16 and under who are not eligible to receive a vaccine, about 7,177 individuals. If those people are not counted, about 33 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated. This figure is based on an estimation from U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Lawrence County Health Department reported on April 9 it had 10 active cases (+2 from April 2), 3,452 (+10) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,342 (+8) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 100 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of April 15, Missouri has had 495,310 confirmed cases and 8,630 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 31,423,436 positives and 564,387 deaths, a rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.14 percent and 0.17 percent, respectively.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 631 cases (20 percent, even from April 7), those 25-40 account for 668 cases (22 percent, even from April 7), those 41-60 account for 930 cases (30 percent, even from April 7) and those 61-and-over account for 877 cases (28 percent, even from April 7).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,698 to 1,699, while male cases rose from 1,402 to 1,407.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,090 attributable cases, and the other 16 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 10 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of April 15, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,452; Stone, 2,111; McDonald, 1,971; Newton, 4,200; Benton (Ark.), 21,420; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,347.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of April 12, Monett had one (+1 from April 1) positive case within the district. A total of one (-5) at the district was in quarantine, which was at the high school.

As of April 12, Cassville schools reported no active cases, even from March 29. The district had two school-related quarantines.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from January, shows the county remains at 6.1 percent, up 2.1 percent from November 2020. 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 and included required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, 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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