County Death Toll Due to Coronavirus Climbs to 17

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Arkansas Department of Health reports both positive cases, and deaths, from the coronavirus continue to climb in Arkansas and Clay County. Last week the death toll in the county climbed to 14 and in the past several days three more deaths were added, as it now stands at 17. As of Wednesday afternoon's update there were 71 active cases in the county, up from 53 last Wednesday.

The statewide numbers are also concerning officials, as they continue to rise. Statewide on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the total number of cases stood at 115,812 and by this Wednesday afternoon the number had swelled to 126,197 which also reflected a 1,962 case increase from the previous day—setting yet another record. Active cases climbed from 10,010 to 13,691 over the seven day period, and the death toll climbed from 2,026 to 2,126—up 14 in the past day.

The daily update also indicated there were 801 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus. Of those, 116 were on ventilators, which was down 11 from the previous day.

Of course, health 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 have also been 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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