County Reports 30 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Last week the Arkansas Department of Health added two probable deaths due to COVID-19 in Clay County, bringing the total to seven. The number of positive cases has also continued to climb, and rose from 244 last Thursday to 277 by the same time this week, with 39 of those considered active.

Statewide on Thursday, the total number of cases was 77,963. Of those, 6,777 were active, and the death toll climbed 1,229 and of those 388 were in nursing homes while another 40 were in correctional institutes.

The ADH, working with the Arkansas Center of Health Improvement, are also providing additional figures for the state's residents. New maps on the ACHI website break-down the number of positive cases by county, community, zip code and school district. It gives an overview of positive cases per 10,000 residents, allowing citizens the chance to see how they are being impacted at the local level.

According to the information, there are currently eight active cases within the Piggott School District, with a cumulative total of 19. Other regional schools making the list of at least five cases includes Jonesboro with 14; Greene County Tech with eight; Manila with nine; Walunt Ridge with six and Pocahontas, Harrisburg, Osceola and Newport with five each.

All of the break-downs are updated twice a week and are available on the ACHI website at

The state also reports the 14-day moving average of positivity indicates Northeast Arkansas continues to show a great deal of growth in terms of positive tests.

As the nationwide death toll hovers around 200,000, Arkansas 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. They're also instructed to quarantine for 14 days, whether they get a negative test result or not, to help stem the spread of the virus. The ADH is also reminding residents that they will provide tests free of charge, but will bill insurance if that is applicable. They also warned about some private labs charging higher-than-usual amounts under certain conditions, and encouraged residents to contact their local health unit if they have questions or concerns.

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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