County’s COVID cases staying low

Friday, April 23, 2021

Only 263 new vaccines administered in past week

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Barry County remains low, but only 263 new vaccines were administered in the last week.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,116 (+6\10) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of April 21, a total of 10 (+3) people were considered active cases in isolation, and none are hospitalized (even). There are more than 30 close contacts (+10) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths have occurred since mid-March. 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 3,053 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of five since April 15.

A total of 25,799 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 72 percent of the county’s population. The 3,116 positives account for 8.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 12.1 percent (down 0.2 percent from April 15 and still up 4.65 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 9,452, a gain of 263 and accounting for 26.4 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 21, Missouri has had 497,545 confirmed cases and 8,689 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 31,811,188 positives and 568,733 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 633 cases (20 percent, even from April 15), those 25-40 account for 673 cases (22 percent, even from April 15), those 41-60 account for 932 cases (30 percent, even from April 15) and those 61-and-over account for 878 cases (28 percent, even from April 15).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,699 to 1,703, while male cases rose from 1,407 to 1,413.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,100 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 11 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of April 21, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,452; Stone, 2,117; McDonald, 2,027; Newton, 4,208; Benton (Ark.), 21,479; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,352.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of April 16, Monett had no (-1 from April 12) positive case within the district. A total of zero (-1) at the district were in quarantine.

As of April 12, Cassville schools reported no active cases, even from March 29. The district had two school-related quarantines, accounting for 0.09 percent of the district’s population.

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, 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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