Fourth Case of COVID-19 in Clay County

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Tuesday morning the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 has been verified in Clay County. The number of cases had stood at three for several weeks, with all of those in the Rector area. Of those, two have since recovered with the other two now listed as active cases by the ADH. According to the county OES office, the new positive case is in the Knobel area.

Statewide, the number of positive cases climbed to 4,043 by Tuesday morning, with 94 of the state's residents dying from the disease caused by the virus. Total number of those tested stood at just over 70,000 and Clay County testing 349 with 345 negative results.

Surrounding Arkansas counties also continue to show a mild spike, with Greene County reporting 23 positive; Randolph with 21; Lawrence with 70 and Craighead with 97 positive cases. The state of Missouri is also experiencing a spike in positive cases, as they climbed to 9,918 positive cases by early this week, resulting in 488 deaths. In the Bootheel area, Dunklin County has 24 confirmed and two deaths; Butler has 27 confirmed; Stoddard had 29 confirmed and New Madrid had 12 confirmed cases while Pemiscot County had 65 confirmed cases and three reported deaths.

The spike comes as Arkansas, and other states, are gradually opening to business and public activities.

All the details may be found on the ADH website at

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