Additional COVID Deaths Reported in County
The Arkansas Department of Health reports three additional deaths in Clay County related to COVID-19, as the number of positive cases has swelled in the past week. Last Wednesday the death toll was rolled back to 12, but over the weekend two additional deaths were reported and by mid-week another had been added. As of Thursday afternoon the number of deaths in the county stood at 15, with 13 of those positive for the coronavirus.
The ADH also reports a steady climb in positive cases in the county, which rose from 493 last Wednesday to 519 as of Monday. Of those, 53 were still considered active by health department officials.
Statewide on Monday, the total number of cases stood at 113,641, and that climbed to 115,812 by Wednesday. Of those, 10,010 were considered active and there have been a total of 2,026 virus-related deaths in Arkansas since the pandemic began.
Northeast Arkansas also continues to be a national hot spot, as the entire nation has shown a marked increase in positive cases from coast to coast.
As the nationwide death toll continues to climb 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. ADH officials are also encouraging everyone to get a flu shot, as the season gets into full swing.
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 www.healthy.arkansas.gov