Clay County Reports Sixth Virus Death

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Arkansas Department of Health reports the number of cases of COVID-19 in Clay County continues to climb, and the county recorded its sixth virus related death late last week. According to the ADH, the number of positive cases climbed from 164 to 182 from Tuesday of last week until Monday morning, with 28 still active. The figures indicated some 146 have recovered, 2,950 negative test results have been returned and the death toll stands at six.

Statewide on Monday, the total number of cases was 60,856—which was up about 4,000 over a six day period. Of those, 5,664 were active, up from 5,509 last Tuesday, and the death toll climbed from 696 to 784 over those days. There have been 54,408 who have recovered.

The ADH, working with the Arkansas Center of Health Improvement, are also providing additional figures for the state's residents. New maps on the ACHI website break-down the number of positive cases by county, community, zip code and school district. It gives an overview of positive cases per 10,000 residents, allowing citizens the chance to see how they are being impacted at the local level.

According to the ACHI on Monday, Piggott had recorded 47 positive cases—which is .95 percentile of the population. Meanwhile, Rector was at 48, amounting to 1.24 percent; Marmaduke had 52 cases which equated to 1.27 percent while Corning had 56 and stood at 1.23 percent of the population. School districts were also rated, with Rector coming in at 0-9 cases; Piggott and Marmaduke were both in the 10-19 range and Corning was ranked at 20-29 cases.

All of the break-downs are available on the ACHI website at

Despite mixed messages from the CDC concerning testing, Arkansas officials are still urging all those who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive, or later tested positive, to be tested. They're also instructed to quarantine for 14 days, whether they get a negative test result or not, to help stem the spread of the virus.

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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