13 residents hospitalized with COVID

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cases, quarantines continue to climb each week

This week marks a new first for Barry County in the 16 months of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic — the most hospitalizations in any one week.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,496 (+91) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of July 16, a total of 128 (+13) people were considered active cases in isolation, and 13 are hospitalized (+6), which is the most ever in a one-week period. Three times previously, 10 people had been hospitalized, but the number has never been higher than that.

There are more than 200 close contacts (+50) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths were reported this week. The total number of deaths in the county is 60, 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 36 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 55 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 38 (even) males and 22 (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 0.17 percent.

A total of 3,308 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 78 since July 8.

A total of 30,427 tests have been done in Barry County, equating to 84.7 percent of the county’s population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 3,496 positives account for 9.7 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.49 percent (-.02). The weekly positive test rate is 10.66 percent (-5.18).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 12,092, a gain of 497 and accounting for 33.8 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 42.1 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated.

Pfizer has also now been approved to vaccinate children 12-and-up, 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 July 16, it had 127 active cases (+44 from July 8), 4,105 (+209) total confirmed cases, and a total of 3,871 (+162) people had recovered from the virus. A total of 107 (+3) people have died in Lawrence County.

The Department reported on its Facebook page it added 112 new cases over a three-day period, and officials asked people not vaccinated to take preventative measures like masking, avoiding large gatherings and washing hands.

Lawrence County has has 1,099 vaccines initiated (+537), accounting for 28.9 percent of the county’s population.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of July 16, Missouri has had 541,923 confirmed cases and 9,470 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 33,980,758 positives and 608,432 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, 2,811,562 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 45.8 percent of the total population and 56.4 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 80 events (+2) reported where death was a result, possibly in relation to a vaccine. A report is not conclusive evidence the vaccine was the cause of death.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.0027 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 36,019 people.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 722 cases (+27), those 25-40 account for 771 cases (+22), those 41-60 account for 1,048 cases (+28) and those 61-and-over account for 955 cases (+14).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 1,874 to 1,917, while male cases rose from 1,531 to 1,579.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,478 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 21 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of July 16, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 4,105; Stone, 2,548; McDonald, 2,226; Newton, 4,989; Benton (Ark.), 30,673; and Carroll (Ark.), 3,027.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from May, shows the county climbed slightly, from 3.8 in April to 4.2 percent, which is 0.3 percent higher 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 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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