Fifth County Death Reported from Virus

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Arkansas Department of Health officials report another double-digit spike in COVID-19 cases in Clay County since last week, and the fifth death from the disease caused by the virus. According to the ADH, the total climbed from 136 to 147 positive cases. As of Tuesday morning, the ADH reported 26 were still considered active while 116 have recovered. The latest death toll now stands at five, with some 2,696 negative test results returned.

According to Clay County OEM coordinator Alan Vaughn, the majority of cases are in the Piggott area although there are also cases in Rector, Corning and the smaller towns of the county. He added the location of the latest death had not been reported, as of yet. Vaughn is tasked with coordinating 911 response, and flagging the system for first-responders.

The statewide numbers also continue to climb, with the total positive cases at 53,077 with 6,341 still active and 603 deaths reported. There have been 46,133 who have recovered.

National, state and regional health officials are still encouraging the public to be tested for the virus if they think they may have been exposed and add it's especially important for those who have been exposed to a person who later tested positive. Testing is being conducted at the Clay County Health Units, and at the Piggott Community Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic, located at the clinic in Rector. The Clay County Health Unit in Piggott may be reached by calling 870 598-3390 and the Rector Clinic may be reached by calling 870 595-3596.

The state and county figures are updated daily, and may be found on the ADH website at

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