COVID-19 Still on the Rise
As the holiday season approaches, community leaders and health officials are warning of additional spikes in cases of the coronavirus. In the past several days, the Arkansas Department of Health also reported an additional death in Clay County from the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total to 19. The number of cases overall, and the positivity rate, also continue to climb. As of Tuesday afternoon, the county has reported 799 cases, with 145 of those still active as of last report.
Statewide this past week the ADH reported the number of positive cases rose to 148,312, up from 137,617 last Wednesday. Active cases climbed from 16,577 to 17,057 from last Wednesday to this Wednesday, while the death toll in the state rose from 2,275 to 2,504 over the six day period. Of those who have been lost to the virus, 53 were in correctional facilities while another 1,015 were from nursing homes in the state.
According to information from the ADH, there are slightly more women than men who have contracted the virus. The demographic with the greatest number of cases are those ages 25 to 34, followed closely by 35 to 44 and 18 to 24 then by the age groups 45 to 54 and 65 and over. Of the cases, the greatest underlying illness is high blood which is found in over 18,000 of the cases, followed by diabetes in about 10,000 cases. They further reported about eight percent of the positive cases have been among healthcare providers.
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 www.healthy.arkansas.gov