Some COVID-19 Numbers Stabilize, Total Cases Still on Increase

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Although some vaccinations have been administered to essential and other front-line workers, the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise at a steady rate in Clay County and much of the nation. Two additional deaths were also reported in the past week in the county, as the toll climbed over 40.

Statewide in Arkansas on Wednesday the number of positive cases rose to 288,964, up from 284,702, on Monday. Of those 17,686 were considered still active, down from last Monday's total of 22,794 and down 472 in the previous 24 hours. On the other hand, the death toll continues to climb in Arkansas as it stood at 4,742, up from 4,343 on the previous Monday's report and an increase of 52 in the previous 24 hour period.

Clay County's numbers are also continuing to rise as the latest report indicated a total of 1,545 cases, up from 1,479 the previous Monday. It also indicated there were 72 cases still active, down by a wide margin from the previous week's total of 112.

But, the death toll continued to climb with an additional two deaths since late last week, as 41 lives have been lost to the virus among Clay County residents as of Wednesday afternoon's report.

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—although supplies are short in some areas.

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

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