COVID-19 Cases Still on the Rise in Clay County
As vaccinations become available to the public for the first time, the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to climb at an alarming rate in Clay County and the nation. An additional death was also reported in the county, the third in a little over a week, as the toll now stands at 36.
Statewide in Arkansas on Wednesday the number of positive cases rose to 262,020, up some 2,467 in the past day-an increase of near 6,000 since Monday. Of those reported on Wednesday, 25,095 were still considered active, down substantially. But, the death toll continues to climb, as 65 additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 4,186.
Clay County's numbers are also continuing to rise as the latest report indicated a total of 1,447 positive cases, up from 1,383 since the previous Wednesday. It also indicated there were 112 cases still considered active, up two from the previous week.
And as mentioned, the death toll continues to climb with an additional death reported on Monday, as the total number climbed to 36 lives lost to the virus among Clay County residents.
The Arkansas Department of Health is also rolling into the next phase of vaccine distribution, and have posted a map on their website indicating which community pharmacies are handling the chore. In Clay County there are currently two, Piggott Pharmacy of Piggott and Goodman Pharmacy in Corning. Under the latest phase those 70 and older are earmarked, along with many occupations—including educators.
Despite the distribution of the new vaccines, officials note it will still be weeks, if not months, until they are made available to all those who choose to be vaccinated.. They strongly recommend continued caution, and encourage masks, social distancing and other precautions. The CDC and ADH also continue to urge 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 state and county figures are updated daily, and may be found on the ADH website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov