COVID-19 Cases Climb in Arkansas, Clay County
As the United States passes the one million mark in confirmed cases, the number of COVID-19 positive Clay County residents climbed to three on Wednesday. After standing at just one for two weeks, two more positive cases were reported in the past five days, with officials reporting 224 individuals tested.
Statewide, the number of Arkansans testing positive climbed to 3,207 by Thursday morning while the number of deaths increased to 59 and those recovering was set at 1,279.
Despite the increase, Arkansas and other states are beginning measures to re-open their economies with Gov. Asa Hutchinson announcing this week that state parks would re-open on a limited basis. On Wednesday he announced that restaurants could reopen on May 11, but only at one-third of their usual seating capacity. Other measures, such as proper PPE usage, was also outlined. The governor is also slated to make announcements concerning gyms and workout facilities on Thursday and on barber shops and hair salons on Friday.
Meanwhile, Missouri continues to suffer higher numbers with 20 positive cases in Dunklin County alone, with many of those being tested at Piggott Community Hospital.
Nationwide on Thursday morning there were 1,040,488 confirmed cases resulting in 60,999 deaths with 124,023 patients recovering from the disease caused by the virus.
Updated information may be found on the Arkansas Department of Health website at