COVID Case Numbers Climb At Alarming Rate

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Despite warnings from community leaders and health officials, the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Clay County, the state of Arkansas and across the nation. In the past week the number of active cases in the county have more than doubled, and among those reporting they have been infected by the coronavirus is State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success. At Monday night's meeting of the Piggott School Board, superintendent Barry DeHart reported 55 kids were sent home from PES on Monday, with another 20 quarantined at PHS along with at least four teachers at both campuses.

The Arkansas Department of Health reports the death toll in the county climbed to 18 in the past week. As of Monday afternoon's update there were 148 active cases in the county, as the number doubled in the past week, and by Wednesday it had climbed to 154. Meanwhile, the total number of cases was 691 Monday and that climbed to 728 in just 48 hours, while the death toll has remained at 18 since late last week.

This comes amid concerns about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the dangers of even small gatherings is highlighted.

The statewide numbers are also concerning officials, as they continue to rise. Statewide on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the total number of cases stood at 126,197 and that climbed to a staggering 134,348 by this Monday. It rose again the past 48 hours, with the total of 137,617 reported on Wednesday. Active cases climbed from 13,691 to 16,577 over the same period, and the death toll climbed from 2,126 to 2,275.

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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