COVID cases fall in last week

Friday, September 24, 2021

Active cases, quarantines both take dip

Barry Countyís positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and number of total quarantines both took dips in the last week.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 4,377 (+57 from Sept. 22) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Sept. 22, a total of 78 (-25) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 2 are hospitalized (-2).

There are more than 100 close contacts (-100) quarantined in their homes.

No new deaths were reported in the last week. The total number of deaths in the county is 73, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 26 (even) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 47 (even) lived independently in their homes. A total of 66 (even) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 47 (even) males and 26 (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 0.2 percent, or about 2 of every 1,000 residents.

A total of 4,226 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 82 since Sept. 15.

A total of 37,948 tests have been done in Barry County, surpassing countyís total population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 4,377 positives account for 12.2 percent of the countyís population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.53 percent (-.09). The weekly positive test rate is 7.48 percent (-2.8).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 15,325, a gain of 307 in the last week and accounting for 42.7 percent of the countyís total population. About 20 percent of the county is comprised of children 16 and under who were originally not eligible to receive a vaccine, about 7,177 individuals. If those people are not counted, about 53.3 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 Sept. 17 it had 5,028 total confirmed cases (+44). A total of 128 (+4) people have died in Lawrence County.

A new reporting system from the health department no longer includes the number of active cases or number of recovered cases.

Lawrence County has 38.7 percent of is population ages 12-and-up vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Sept. 22, Missouri has had 666,214 confirmed cases and 11,290 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.18 percent of the state population, or 1.8 of every 1,000 people. Nationally, there have been 42,416,012 positives and 678,522 deaths, a rate of 1.6 percent (98.4 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.2 percent of the nationís population, or 2 of every 1,000 people. State and national recovery figures are not provided.

Statewide, 3,266,195 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 53.2 percent of the total population and 64.5 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 116 (+9) events 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.

They are listed as 109 deaths, 3 sudden deaths, 1 brain death, 1 cardiac death and 2 foetal deaths.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.0035 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 28,153 people.

As of Sept. 17, the Cassville school district reported 9 (-4 since Sept. 10) active cases, accounting for 0.42 percent of the districtís population. A total of 65 (-6) people are quarantined due to school-related cases, accounting for 3.01 percent of the districtís population.

Monett has 3 positive cases (+2), none at the elementary, none at Central Park, none at the intermediate school, 1 at the middle school, 2 at the high school and none at Scott Tech. A total of 12 are quarantined (+8), 1 at the elementary, 3 at Central Park, 1 at the intermediate school, 3 at the middle school, 2 at the high school and 2 at Scott Tech.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 980 cases (+17), those 25-40 account for 985 cases (+15), those 41-60 account for 1,286 cases (+13) and those 61-and-over account for 1,126 cases (+12).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,369 to 2,404, while male cases rose from 1,951 to 1,973.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 4,359 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

As of Sept. 22, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 5,028; Stone, 3,190; McDonald, 2,665; Newton, 5,959; Benton (Ark.), 40,102; and Carroll (Ark.), 4,149.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, shows the county climbed slightly, from 4.2 in May to 4.7 percent, which is 0.8 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, 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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