Active COVID cases dip back down

Friday, May 28, 2021

Count falls to 12 with 9 new cases

Barry County added nine new COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the last week, and the overall number of active cases has dipped closer to single-digits after a one-week spike.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,170 (+9) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of May 27, a total of 12 (-6) people were considered active cases in isolation, and none are hospitalized (even). There are more than 30 close contacts (-5) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths have occurred since mid-March, but six deaths have been added to the county’s total. those deaths occurred earlier this year but were just identified by the state of Missouri as Barry County deaths.

The total number of deaths in the county is 56, 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 35 (+6) lived independently in their homes. A total of 54 (+6) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 37 (+5) males and 22 (+1) females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 1.9 percent, and the survival rate is 98.1 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.16 percent.

A total of 3,099 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 9 since May 19.

A total of 27,733 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 77 percent of the county’s population. The 3,170 positives account for 8.8 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 11. percent (down 0.2 percent from May 19 and still up 3.95 percent since Nov. 4, 2020).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 10,730, a gain of 331 and accounting for 30 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 37 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated.

Pfizer has also now been approved to vaccinate children 12-15, which may add to the overall percentage, as ages of those vaccinated are not broken down. The figure of those eligible for vaccinations is based on an estimation from U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of May 14, it had seven active cases (-3 from April 30), 3,580 (+27) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,402 (+30) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 101 (even) people have died in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County also reports as of May 4, 22.8 percent of residents have initiated vaccinations, and 18.6 percent have been fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of May 27, Missouri has had 510,541 confirmed cases and 9,075 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,201,833 positives and 592,654 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 0.15 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.

Statewide, 2,538,423 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 41.4 percent of the total population and 51.7 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 639 cases (20 percent, even from May 19), those 25-40 account for 689 cases (22 percent, even from May 19), those 41-60 account for 956 cases (30 percent, even from May 19) and those 61-and-over account for 886 cases (28 percent, even from May 19).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,726 to 1,731, while male cases rose from 1,435 to 1,439.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,154 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 13 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of May 27, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 3,580; Stone, 2,145; McDonald, 2,057; Newton, 4,293; Benton (Ark.), 21,893; and Carroll (Ark.), 2,378.

Area schools continue have seen far less impact from COVID-19 in recent weeks. As of May 18, Monett had one (-1 from May 10) positive case within the district. A total of 17 (+11) at the district were in quarantine, including one at Monett Elementary School, two at Central Park Elementary and 14 at Monett Middle School.

As of May 14, Cassville schools reported no active cases, even from April 26. The district had one school-related quarantine, accounting for 0.05 percent of the district’s population.

All area schools are now out and preparing for summer school, many of which will be in a traditional fashion with no masking or modified quarantining.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from April, shows the county has dropped to 3.8 percent, which is 0.1 percent lower than the previous 3.9 percent low in October 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, 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.

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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