ADH Reporting Two Additional COVID Deaths in County

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Earlier this week the Arkansas Department of Health added two probable deaths due to COVID-19 in Clay County, bringing the total to seven. The number of positive cases has also continued to climb, and rose from 214 last Thursday to 244 by the same time this week. Currently there are 33 considered active, and 203 have recovered.

Statewide on Thursday, the total number of cases was 72,219. Of those, 5,911 were active, and the death toll climbed from 928 to 1,157 in the past week.

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 website Piggott has 68 cumulative cases, with 18 new cases the past 14 days, which equates to 36 cases per 10,000 residents in the past two weeks. Corning has 57 cases on the books, for about two percent of the city's population, while Rector has 57 cases.

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 Northeast Arkansas continues to show a great deal of growth in terms of positive tests.

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 eight total cases among students and staff as of last report.

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

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