Clay County Records Another COVID Death
The Arkansas Department of Health reports the statewide COVID-19 numbers have stabilized, although Clay County recorded a sharp increase in cases in the past week. And although the case numbers have stabilized in Arkansas, the death toll continues to climb and has eclipsed the 5,000 mark.
Statewide in Arkansas on Wednesday the total number of cases stood at 309,940, up from last Wednesday's total of 300,430, and an increase of 1,092 in the previous 24 hours. Of those 14,190 were considered still active, down 708 from the previous day as the decline continues. On the other hand, the death toll continues to climb in Arkansas as it stood at 5,174, an increase of 25 in the previous 24 hour period.
After stabilizing for several weeks, Clay County marked a sharp rise in the past several days as the total number of cases increased from 1,600 last Wednesday to 1,646 as of Wednesday's report. This increase was also reflected in active cases, up from 66 last Wednesday to 78 by Monday and 71 on Wednesday. Since Monday's update the county has also added another virus related death, as the toll has climbed to 43.
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. Currently there are five locations in Clay County, with Piggott Pharmacy serving as the distribution hub. Additional sites are being added as well, including regional Walmart stores, as the vaccine roll-out continues.
Despite the distribution of the new vaccines, health department officials indicate it will still be some time before they are made available to all those who choose to be vaccinated. They strongly recommend continued caution, and encourage regular wearing of 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, the Piggott Community Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic, located at the clinic in Rector, and the Piggott Family Medical Clinic. The Clay County Health Unit in Piggott may be reached by calling 870 598-3390, the Piggott Family Medical Clinic may be reached at 870 598-2236 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