Clay County COVID-19 Cases Still on the Rise

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Due to continued high positivity rates, Clay County is still among those considered a hot spot for COVID-19 this week. Over the weekend, the Arkansas Department of Health also reported an additional death in the county, bringing the total to 13. On Wednesday the number was adjusted back to 12.

Based on information from the ADH, the total number of positive cases in Clay County climbed from 445 last Wednesday to 493 by this Wednesday afternoon. They report 64 of those are considered active, as the death toll remains at 12. Of those deaths in the county, 10 were listed as positive and two probable.

Statewide on Wednesday, the total number of cases stood at 108,640, up from 101,596 last Wednesday. Of those, 9,303 were considered active and there have been a total of 1,875 virus-related deaths in Arkansas since the pandemic began. Of those, 493 have been in nursing homes while another 64 were inmates in correctional facilities.

On the plus side for Northeast Arkansas, after leading the state in new cases several days Craighead County fell to fourth on the latest list, although Greene County was close behind in fifth.

As the nationwide death toll continues to climb as well, 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. Those individuals are 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 two county health units are also staying open extended hours on Tuesdays to provide testing and flu shots.

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

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