Virus Cases Still on the Rise in State and County
The Arkansas Department of Health reports the number of cases of COVID-19 in Clay County continues to climb, with the number of positive cases rising from 185 last Thursday to 214 by the same time this week. Of those, 33 are still active. The figures indicated some 176 have recovered, 3,225 negative test results have been returned and the death toll stands at five.
Statewide on Thursday, the total number of cases was 66,406—which continued to show a climb over a seven day period. Of those, 5,558 were active, and the death toll climbed from 841 to 928 in a week. There have been 59,920 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.
All of the break-downs are updated twice a week and are available on the ACHI website at https://achi.net/covid19/
The state also reports the 14-day moving average of positivity indicates Clay County had climbed to 11.3 percent, well above the 10 percent threshold of concern. By comparison, Greene County's rate grew from 7.2 to 8.5 percent testing positive.
The ADH has also set-up a site to inform patrons of outbreaks in school districts, with those districts with at least five positive cases being listed. The only local district meeting the guideline is the Piggott School District, and according to the ADH there have been seven cases among students, with six of those still active, and no cases among staff members. Other districts have also been impacted, including Walnut Ridge as they have canceled this week's football game with EPC due to over a dozen players being in quarantine.
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. The ADH is also reminding residents that they will provide tests free of charge, but will bill insurance if that is applicable. They also warned about some private labs charging higher-than-usual amounts under certain conditions, and encouraged residents to contact their local health unit if they have questions or concerns.
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 www.healthy.arkansas.gov