Additional COVID Death Reported in Clay County
As vaccinations continue to be administered to essential and other front-line workers, the numbers of COVID-19 cases have remained fairly steady in Clay County and much of the nation. An additional death was also reported in the past week in the county.
Statewide in Arkansas on Wednesday the number of positive cases rose to 300,430, up from 288,964 last Wednesday and an increase of 2,426 in 24 hours. Of those 16,533 were considered still active, up 202 in the previous 24 hours after a recent decline. On the other hand, the death toll continues to climb in Arkansas as it stood at 4,985, an increase of 46 in the previous 24 hour period.
Clay County's numbers are also continuing to rise as the latest report indicated a total of 1,600 cases, up from 1,545 last Wednesday. It also indicated there were 66 cases still active, down by a fair margin from the previous two weeks.
But, the death toll continued to climb with an additional death since late last week, as 42 lives have been lost to the virus among Clay County residents as of Monday 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 www.healthy.arkansas.gov